Leotia lubrica – Jelly babies

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Jelly babies (Leotia lubrica) are gelatinous mushrooms that fruit July-October. They can be found in soil, humus, moss, or well-decayed wood throughout North America.
Jelly babies are usually a yellowish-ochre color. They have irregular bumpy caps and a gooey texture. Beneath the caps, the surface is smooth. Jelly babies are ascomycetes, containing spore-bearing structures in their upper surface, rather than gills.
Jelly babies are considered edible but bland. They can be candied by simmering in simple syrup and then dehydrating. Citric acid can be added to make the jelly babies taste similar to sour gummies.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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