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I wonder if this one’s poisonous: Mushroom picking in the New Forest

Autumn is the best time to hunt for wild mushrooms, so Jane Dunford enrols in a course in the New Forest to learn which are delicious and which are deadly

Sitting at a table in an antique-filled dining room in the New Forest, I’m trying to identify a series of objects laid out before me. On one plate sits what looks like a dried human liver. It’s big and red, but underneath it’s the pale colour of naan bread.

‘When it’s really fresh there’s jelly on top and it seems to drip blood if you cut into it,’ says Jackie, my host.

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