Slow Food Helsinki came to Rosendal today to forage for spring plants in the forest and on the fields. It was a bright sunny morning but there was a bitter westerly wind that didn't let up all day. We found wood sorrel (Oxalis acetosella), nettles, ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria), dandelions, rosebay willowherb (Chamerion augustifolium) AND... some of these:
These are false morels (Gyromitra esculenta). They are a delicacy in Finland which is a bit odd since they are deadly poisonous and their sale is banned in many European countries. I have never seen any here before but it has been exceptionally wet in recent days and Peter has churned up the track with the tractor wheels which may have encouraged their growth.
In order to eat them safely they can either be dried or repeatedly boiled in fresh water. Either way, the preparation is a lengthy process.