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Mushrooms, Wild - picking

If embarking on picking yourself, go with someone who knows what they're doing - or you could be seriously poisoned.

In France, you can take any wild mushrooms to a chemist to be identified, but unfortunately this service isn't offered in Britain - indeed you would probably receive some funny looks!

A good illustrated guide is another good idea, to accompany you as you gain experience. A pocket version by Roger Phillips is highly recommended.

When preparing your picked mushrooms, try to brush-off any loose dirt and then use a damp cloth - rather than washing them, as water will make them steam as they're cooking - destroying their delicate flavour.

If you enjoy cooking take a minute to look at ‘Simon Scrutton French Cookery Classes’ on Google – and learn how to make top class bistro-style dishes. Suitable for beginners upwards. Small classes.

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