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The Sickener

Keith Ball (September)



Whilst seeking shelter in a forest, on a wild and wet day, during a recent Mountain Leader Assessment expedition we came across several of these fungi.

It is called The Sickener (Russula emetica) and gets its common name from its inedibility, as it causes vomiting and diarrhea when consumed.
It has an extremely peppery taste, which is said partly to disappear on cooking, along with its toxicity, though eating it is not recommended!
This bright red fungus is found in conifer woodlands and is quite widespread from September to November. It grows up to 8cm.

The Red Squirrel is known to forage for, store and eat The Sickener.






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