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    Default Beefsteak fungus - Fistulina hepatica

    At my sister's place in France, these are pretty substantial, probably 10 inches across. They are also edible.
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    It does look like a piece of meat with fat around the edge!

    The French cook a lot of different fungi.

    I would be too worried I had picked the wrong type and poisoned someone!

    Would be thought of as another Midsomer Murder! EEK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catherine View Post
    It does look like a piece of meat with fat around the edge!

    The French cook a lot of different fungi.

    I would be too worried I had picked the wrong type and poisoned someone!
    I would as well, would not trust my own judgement on that one.
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    Was that on a fallen Oak tree?

    (Just wondering as there was some on our Oak in New Milton once, the bark in your photo looks like Oak bark, but the deep ridges there are horizontal and not vertical as in a growing tree.)

    The kids planted acorns they collected from beneath Oak trees on their last visit to us at New Milton. The trees which grew are in large pots and about 3' tall now. They will grow much too big to be planted in the garden here, so have asked Huntingdon Town Council if the children can plant them somewhere locally - so they can look at them in future and remember New Forest walks with 'Grandpa'. They said they would love to have them and will be collecting the saplings soon to look after in their nursery until they are tall enough to plant out. I hope they will bring back many happy memories for Amy and Jack, and make new ones for the people in Huntingdon!
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    That's a lovely idea Catherine, good of the council as well.

    The fallen tree is a poplar, may be changing my mind on the fungus, as could be a type pf bracket fungus, not poisonous, but not suitable for eating.
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