Mushroom and Truffle Forays 2017

 

A good days hunting

I provide days out foraging for mushrooms and the occasional truffle hunt for a small amount of people that I am happy to share my truffle and mushroom knowledge with. I will take you to places where I look myself with every chance of finding, because the soil, trees and environment is right, a special place! These places are always close to personal truffle or mushroom finds of my own to ensure genuine suitability and should potentially give rise to great things. I teach my clients about the ecological functions and roles that mushrooms play within our varied environments and practice sustainable harvesting with strict codes of conduct set out by the BMS. These guides are used by the National Trust and Forestry Commission whom both condone and support my forays and ethics. All my forays are licensed or have had consent from landowners.

A mushroom foray will take up the whole day but will be split up into various parts. Starting with an introduction to mushrooms before we set off, highlighting a few mushroom picking rules and code of conduct for sustainable picking and regard for the local environment.

I will also point out what we should expect to find and give you handouts with photos. I will be showing you ways how to identify good edible species and especially the poisonous ones.

The foray will commence in the chosen spot and will include a lunch break, you will have to provide your own packed lunch and refreshments. These are needed as hunting and walking is thirsty and hungry work, I always pack a bar of chocolate and a flask of freshly ground black coffee, its an essential ! Hunting will continue until the early afternoon.

By now we should have gathered a good sample of various edible mushrooms and it will be my job then to show you what they are, how to prepare them and finally cook them on site.

On truffle hunts we will be hunting with my truffle hound Zebedee, this is none the less still a challenge and a real hunt, I will take you to areas where in my expertise I feel that we will have very good chances of finding, although it is not called hunting without a reason, I don’t always come home with black diamonds. Sometimes you do sometimes you don’t. It’s a bit like fishing! However it’s always a good day out with lots of truffle knowledge to be learnt and plenty of tips to be had to help you on your way to becoming a truffle hunter, although having a trained dog is an essential part of the kit!

BOOK EARLY FOR ALL FORAYS AND HUNTS TO SECURE YOUR PLACES, GROUP  MUSHROOM FORAYS ARE SMALL, MAX 15. TRUFFLE HUNTS MAX 10.

Forays can also be arranged for weekdays if required.

 FORAY DATES FOR 2017

Spring Foray dates

On the forays below we will also be looking for wild sorrel, dandelion, Jack in the hedge (Garlic mustard),  cuckooflower for its edible young leaves, wild garlic and cleavers to make wonderful spring salad and of course St Georges mushrooms to put on a savoury hot cross bun to finish the day! Slaying any further fears about picking this mushroom and some wild herbs. I will show you how to make a wild garlic or garlic mustard pesto and tell you how to  cook and  preserve some of the mushrooms we pick. I will point out a few poisonous plants that like to grow among Wild garlic should you not be vigilant like Dogs Mercury, Bluebell leaves and Lords and Ladies and Hemlock Water Dropwart the latter deadly!

22 April 2017                                  Horsham area                                         10am-3pm

                               A St Georges mushroom and wild garlic/herb foray

23 April 2017                                  Horsham area                                         10am-3pm

                              A St Georges mushroom and wild garlic foray

27 April 2017                                  Horsham area                                        10am-3pm

                              A St Georges mushroom and wild garlic foray

28 May 2017                                         Brighton                                            10am-3pm

                                                       AUTUMN FORAYS

                                               Truffle and Mushroom Hunts   

Locations of all forays will be given a day or two before the event for many reasons but above all for sight suitability and only once deposits have been paid with terms and conditions that have been agreed to by clients.

I will advise you on how to search for truffles sustainably, with codes of conduct and with care for the environment I will show you what soil and trees they like, where to look and some tale tale signs what to look out for to get you going. I will ask you to smell the soil and read the woods, a unique and grounding experience. I teach about their ecology and what they do for our environment and how good they are to eat and I will show you how to prepare our finds to get the best from the delicate but sophisticated aromas our little truffles have to  offer!

17 September 2017                       Horsham  area                                       10am-3pm 

This foray will be focused on finding mushrooms from the boletus family.

I will show you how to prepare and cook them in an open on site rustic kitchen.

 16 September 2017                            Horsham                                          10am-3pm

                  Searching for species of mushroom found in broadleaf woodland

This will be a general foray hoping to achieve a colourful basket of edible mushrooms at the end of the day. I will show you how to prepare and cook these for their best flavours to be appreciated; again this will all be done on site in an open kitchen in the woods!

                                                         

 23 September 2017                          West Sussex                                      10am-3pm   

                                                                Truffle Hunt

The location a secret, all will be revealed on the day, blindfolds will be provided! Not really!

I will advise you on how to search for truffles, where to look and some tale, tale signs to look out for.

A truffle hunt in beautiful countryside

24 September 2017                           West sussex                                     10am-3pm

                                                               Truffle Hunt

30 September 2017                           East Sussex                                       10am-3pm

                                                               Truffle Hunt 

7 October 2017                                   West Sussex                                     10am-3pm

                                                               Truffle Hunt

8 October 2017                                   West Sussex                                    10am-3pm

                                                       Truffle and Mushroom  

This will be a general mushroom foray  hoping to achieve a colourful basket of edible mushrooms and truffles at the end of the day. I will show you how to prepare and cook these for their best flavours to be appreciated, again this will all be done on site in an open kitchen in the woods!

  14 October 2017                                West Sussex                                     10am-3pm                                                                                          Mushroom                                             

                                           On the hunt for Porcini and others

This foray will be focused on finding mushrooms from the boletus family but one in particular the penny bun, cep or better known by chefs as the porcini, a king of the mushroom world. I will show you how to prepare and cook them in an open on site rustic kitchen too, a little extra bonus for you all, as they are so special!

 

 15 October 2017                                  West  Sussex                                   10am -3pm

                                                    Truffle and Mushroom hunt

This will be a general mushroom foray  hoping to achieve a colourful basket of edible mushrooms and truffles at the end of the day. I will show you how to prepare and cook these for their best flavours to be appreciated, again this will all be done on site in an open kitchen in the woods!

16 October 2017                                     East Sussex                                        10am-3pm

                                                                   Truffle hunt

The location a secret, all will be revealed on the day, blindfolds will be provided! Not really!

I will advise you on how to search for truffles, where to look and some tale, tale signs to look out for.

A truffle hunt in beautiful countryside

21 October 2017                                         Horsham                                         10am- 3pm

Aimed at those that like to take a gentle mushroom hunt

22 October 2017                                    West  Sussex                                       10am-3pm

                                       Mixed fungi foray/Truffle and Mushroom hunt

28 October 2017                                     West  Sussex                                      10am-3pm

                                                                     Truffle Hunt     

29 October  2017                                    West Sussex                                      10am- 3pm

                                       Mixed fungi foray/Truffle and Mushroom hunt

This will be a general mushroom foray  hoping to achieve a colourful basket of edible mushrooms and truffles at the end of the day. I will show you how to prepare and cook these for their best flavours to be appreciated; again this will all be done on site in an open kitchen in the woods!

   

4 November 2017                                      East Sussex                                     10am-3pm   

                                                                       Truffle Hunt        

5  November 2017                                       Brighton                                         10am- 3pm                     

                         Searching for species of mushroom found in Brighton woodland 

This will be a general mushroom foray  hoping to achieve a colourful basket of edible mushrooms at the end of the day. I will show you how to prepare and cook these for their best flavours to be appreciated; again this will all be done on site in an open kitchen in the woods!

      

11 November 2017                                     Horsham                                           10am- 3pm                                                                    

                                                           On the hunt for fungi                 

This foray will be focused on finding mushrooms and truffle, I will show you how to prepare and cook them in an open on site rustic kitchen too

12 November 2017                                     Sussex                                               10am- 3pm  

                                                                    Truffle Hunt

As the season progresses, into winter the  opportunity for other species of truffle to be found increases alongside T aestivum var uncinatum ie T brumale,  T mecentericum, T rufum and Choiromyces are sometimes present so from a mycological point of view for those interested it can be very satisfying. It has been known for Zeb to find a very rare truffles, once one that was thought to be extinct but only through recent research and new records it has now been reinstated as a living organism.

18  November 2017                                    Horsham                                          10am- 3pm  

                                   A foray in mixed deciduous woodland and conifer

19th November 2017                                   Sussex                                             10am-3pm

Truffle Hunt

25 November  2017                                  West Sussex                                     10am-3pm                                     

                                       Mixed fungi foray/Truffle and mushroom hunt

This will be a general foray hoping to achieve a colourful basket of edible mushrooms and truffles at the end of the day. I will show you how to prepare and cook these for their best flavours to be appreciated; again this will all be done on site in an open kitchen in the woods!

26 November 2017                                    West sussex                                    10am- 3pm 

                                         Mixed fungi foray/Truffle and Mushroom hunt           

This will be a general foray hoping to achieve a colourful basket of edible mushrooms and truffles at the end of the day. I will show you how to prepare and cook these for their best flavours to be appreciated; again this will all be done on site in an open kitchen in the woods!

2 December 2017                                       East Sussex                                      10am-3pm

      Truffle Hunt    

3 December  2017                                       East Sussex                                     10am-3pm

   Truffle Hunt

10  December 2017                                    West Sussex                                     10am-3pm

                                                                        Truffle Hunt              

11 December  2017                                      East Sussex                                      10am-3pm

                                                                        Truffle Hunt

17 December  2017                                     West Sussex                                     10am-3pm

                                                                        Truffle Hunt

18 December  2017                                      West Sussex                                    10am-3pm

                                                                        Truffle Hunt

 24th December                                          West Sussex                                     10am-3pm

                                                                         Truffle hunt

Christmas eve night time special foray for a bit of extra excitement for those that will find it hard to sleep. Come and hunt your very own special ingredient for the next days festive feast! Nothing like a bit of truffle with your turkey, goose or quails eggs!

6th January                                                 West Sussex                                     10am-3pm

                                                                         Truffle hunt

7th January                                                 West Sussex

13th Jan  Friston

14th Jan Friston

                                              More dates to follow season dependant.

Truffle Forays will be available all weekends up until mid Jan maybe longer depending on the season, please feel free to book these days as they are not included in the above dates.

You can call me on my mobile for any further questions or bookings 07896156664.  I charge £80.00 per person per mushroom foray and £100.00 per person for a truffle hunt, or mixed truffle and mushroom .Small groups only max ten so book early! Private mushroom and truffle forays can also be arranged at a minimum of £300 per day for two adults otherwise normal charges apply!

Absolute rule ! No mushrooms are to be consumed without a professionals opinion first on any of my forays.

All participants must be suitably dressed, long trousers preferably and boots. Raincoats and hats always advisable, a stick for poking about the under bracken, I have baskets, plastic bags are just not acceptable and destroy your finds. Refreshments i.e. water a must! Insect spray too!

27 thoughts on “Mushroom and Truffle Forays 2017

  1. Hi,
    Not sure how I book a course, doh.
    Would like to do the 11th May and 19th Oct 2013 for 2 people. Can you let me know how to book please and is there a good chance we would get truffles in October??
    Many thanks
    jude

  2. Hi, I am looking for truffle hunting with addition to learning how to cook with your bounty afterwards as a birthday gift for my dad, are you ables to accommodate? Tric Chandler

  3. Hi I was very interested to read your blog and will Definatly be joining you on some of your forages. I have a six month old black lab who seems to have a particularly good nose is it to late to teach him truffle hunting ? Could you please let me have information on your private traing programme many thanks look forward to hearing from you Sooz

  4. Hi,
    Not sure how to book a truffle hunt from your West Sussex outing also how much? Looking at the end of September.
    Kind regards
    Joanne

    • Sorry Nick no free dates in May, book now for the Autumn to avoid disappointment, I get very booked up in advance. Sorry for late reply 🙂

  5. Hi can you tell me if you availability for 2 on any of the mushroom & truffle days in Oct 17 ? Kind regards Heidi Taylor

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