Puffball and beefsteak

by Forager on October 8, 2013

Lycoperdon perlatum, common puffball, mushroom, fungi, foraging, Fistulina hepatica, beefsteak fungus, liver, edible, aborigines,

Two choice edibles! The fungi on the left is Lycoperdon perlatum or “common puffball” and is edible when young; the one on the right is Fistulina hipatica or “beefsteak fungus”. It exudes a blood-like sticky liquid and is edible when young (though is acidic in flavour). It is one of the few types of mushrooms known to be identified and eaten by Aborigines in Australia.

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