Black Trompette / Summer / Autumn / Edible
Grows mainly with Beech and oak trees, on calcareous soils, preferring mossy patches. It occurs from August to November, more often favouring the cooler late autumn months.
These mushrooms are incredibly hard to spot amongst the leaf litter, the colour can be quite variable between black and greyish.
Identifying features for the Black Trompette:
Greyish black funnel shaped mushroom , the cap is usually enrolled at the edge and the centre is a deep funnel going the whole way down the stem. The cao surface is slightly felty
The stem is thin fleshed and hollow, it’s hard to say where the cap ends and the stem begins.
There are no obvious gills but it can have small ridges running up the stem to the cap.
Lovely and mushroomy
Cream to Yellow
One of the best tasting mushrooms there is.
This mushroom is excellent fried, dried and added to soups and stews but my favourite is stuffed with sticky flavoured rice and gently fried.
There’s nothing else out there that looks like this mushroom, but I have been disappointed when spotting a black Elfin Saddle from afar and hoped it was a black trompette.