Sheffield expert warns against foraging for fungi

Patrick Harding, fungi expert, says be careful what you pick this Autumn. You are free to use (Credit Doug Jackson).
Patrick Harding, fungi expert, says be careful what you pick this Autumn. You are free to use (Credit Doug Jackson).
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A SHEFFIELD wild food expert has issued a health warning to anyone tempted to forage for fungi in the countryside.

Patrick Harding, who lectures at Sheffield University, is warning people to be cautious about picking unusual mushrooms.

A growing number of people are gathering wild produce thanks to an increase in the number of healthy eating and organic cooking programmes.

But Patrick, who has studied fungi for more than 30 years, said: “You really need to know what you are picking.

“Just because something looks tasty does not mean it will be, and in the worst case scenario you could end up in hospital or worse.”

Out of more than 4,000 species of fungi, only 100 are edible.

Patrick, who also writes books on the subject, is running fungi workshops for the Forestry Commission at the end of next month at Sherwood Pines, in Sherwood Forest, near Worksop.

To attend, call the booking line on 01623 822447.