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Kent is often referred to as being the Garden of England and for this reason it is a particularly good spot to find mushrooms. Like mushroom picking anywhere, it is very important to bear in mind that before eating any mushrooms, you need to be sure that it is actually an edible mushroom. If you are in any doubt at all, then do not eat it.

One of the places you may want to consider for a foray mushroom picking is Bedgebury Forest in Kent. This is an area which is around 850 hectares of park which is partly forested. It also borders the Bedgebury National Pinetum, which is an amazing collection of conifers.

In an area like this, where there is a wide variety of trees, leaves which have fallen and formed a thick carpet, as well as the damp, humid conditions which have evolved through the leaves dropping and the trees which form an umbrella against the light when they are in leaf, make this ideal mushroom growing territory.

One of the best places to find mushrooms is anywhere that has not been disturbed or forested for some time. Mushrooms basically will grow anywhere that they can find a little peace, so they will not be found where an area has just been cleared, or where there is a good deal of pedestrian or vehicular traffic. 

Thetford Forest can also be a useful collecting ground for mushrooms, as can any forested area. 

What kind of mushrooms can be found in Kent? Well forays have successfully yielded Horse mushrooms, bloody beefsteaks, puff balls and shaggy parasol. 

Horse mushrooms are a yellowish colour but should not be confused with the deadly yellow stainer. One way of telling them apart is that when the flesh of the mushroom is cut, the stainer will stain yellow, but the horse mushroom will only go yellow on the outside. The horse mushroom will also have a faint air of aniseed. 

Bloody beefsteaks are a kind of strange looking mushroom. They tend to grow on the side of oak trees and can be up to 12 “ wide. It is a reddish brown on top, with a rather pale, white underside. They tend to be more common in the autumn. When it is cut, the beefsteak will exude a little liquid which faintly resembles blood (hence its name). 

Puff balls are also relatively common in Kent, particularly around Ashford. They are also quite a large mushroom and come in various guises, but the one which is easiest to identify has to be the ‘common’ puffball. This is a very large, ball shaped mushroom with a white, round helmet and the helmet or globe is covered in tiny little ‘pearls’ which helps to identify it. If it does not have the pearls, don’t touch it. 

The shaggy parasol loves to grow in woodland and has been found in various areas of Kent, however, although it is deemed to be edible, it can upset some people and also the ‘false parasol’ mushroom is poisonous and may be mistaken for being a parasol mushroom, so parasols should only be picked by seasoned collectors.

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Posted By,  liz on August 11,2011
would love to go out with an expert to show me what i can and can't pick/eat - any suggestions psl?
Posted By,  augis on September 24,2014
i am quit an expert in that, there are few species which are very tasty
Posted By,  Gabriella Macis on October 24,2015
Hello, I'm Italian and I moved here for a short time in England precisely in the area of ​​Kent, being fond of mushrooms I started to look for them here, but not found a reference to control fungi that are. In Italy there is a section of the national health care that deals with control fungi that are found and where you are not sure are edible, I would like to know if this service exists here is where I can find it. Thank you.
Posted By,  Bob China on March 10,2017
Any ideas what this lil mushroom is? Found in garden in Canterbury.
Posted By,  Blaggerjagger on August 5,2017
I went mushroom licking for the first time and found chantilly mushrooms do your research
Posted By,  blaggerjagger on August 5,2017
That was picking not licking lol
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Wild Mushroom Identification - Recommended Books for All Skill Levels:
Every amateur mycologist should have a decent library of books, here are the top five books I highly recommend for wild mushroom identification:
1) Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of Britain and Europe (Field Guides)  - Great layout with superb images - Peter Jordan
3) Mushrooms: A comprehensive guide to mushroom identification  - This one is a proper belter with loads and loads of good technical data - Roger Phillips
4) Complete Mushroom Book: The Quiet Hunt   - A lovely book by a lovely man. Antonio Carluccio
5) Mushrooms: River Cottage Handbook No.1 - Always a favourite from Hugh's fungi specialist friend, John Wright

It is important to have at least 3 books so you can cross reference and cover as many species as possible