Monday, 18 October 2010

Horn of plenty

The black trumpet or horn of plenty, is dark coloured, almost black and looks rather unattractive, but has a very good flavour and favoured for eating. It is a member of the Craterellus family, a generally edible fungi family, the trumpet is similar, other than colour, to the related chanterelle. They are distinguished by their lack of gill-like structures on the underside of their caps. This example was found on the bank of Red Rise Brook just above Markway bridge. Listed as 'occasional', this has certainly been the case this year.

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