Just read a piece by Nicholas Evans the author of the Horse Whisperer in Saturdays Times. It’s a frightening warning of the dangers of eating wild fungi.
In 2008 he, his wife, and his sister and her husband eat the fungi Cortinarius speciosissimus – deadly webcap which can be mistaken for the prized Chanterell. With a quick diagnosis they have all survived but with severe illness. Renal failure has meant they are dependant on regular kidney dialysis and now long to have a kidney transplant. Its a harrowing tale and brings home the dangers in the wild and the power of nature to harm as well as bring benefits.
I’ve got a long way to go before I eat any wild fungi – for the moment I will stick with those available from our major retailers! Bon Appetit.