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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.
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So called because this species usually grows on Elder. Said to be the tree which Judas Iscariot hung himself from after betraying Jesus Christ
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this tpe of fungi looks really cool, best fugi ive seen ever. i like the colour
This species is believe it or not, edible. Unless cooked to perfection it has the texture of rubber bands. I've found it best to gather and hang from string in a dry warm place (the airing cupboard is good)and when completely dried out, grind into a powder and use as a flavouring in soup.
I think the average Sambucus nigra would have trouble supporting the weight of a hanged man. That story is also said to be true of Cercis siliquastrum - The Judas Tree, which also has pretty flimsy branches.
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