Scarlet Elf Caps

Scarlet Elf Caps Sarcoscypha coccinea are an edible fungus in the order Pezizale, that Orange Peel Fungus belongs to. They are widespread in February and love fallen branches half-buried in rotting leaf litter in mixed deciduous woodland.

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You can eat the young ones raw – sandwiched between wild garlic leaves make a fabulous combination. They can be gently fried in butter but they also keep their colour and texture well in a stew or risotto. Avoid older specimens as they can be a little tough and chewy!

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