This translucent pale green jelly fungus appeared in the recent damp weather, in the yard and on the garden. First which kind is it? Second is it likely to be harmful to garden plants?
That's interesting, thank you. It certainly seems different from normal fungi! Yes, the picture in the link looks exactly like it.
Then it's unlikely it will harm garden plants? The garden one was right next to, and touching, a primrose plant.
Does anything feed on it? Maybe I should look more closely with a lens? Though at the moment it has almost disappeared again because of the damp weather.
...I just discovered that it's EDIBLE!!! (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostoc). Well they eat seaweed, (laver bread) in this part of Wales, so maybe I could pluck up courage to have a go at this.
Anyone got a recipe :-D ?
About that recipe.........
I was wondering if you'd tried eating your Nostoc commune yet?
That Wiki article you posted pointed to all kinds of interesting things, many about a related species Nostoc flagelliforme (Fat tsei) the gathering of which has led to desertification and a ban in China. I followed up the mention of possible health consequences from eating it (one piece of research only, but by a well-respected scientist) however, this referred to long-term problems, not to occasional consumption.
Although there were a few vague references for ways of preparing the flagelliforme kind, I found no recipes for commune. I must say, this didn't surprise me
I loved the Wiki reference to falling stars, so I looked further and found this medieval European description of your specimen: 'The stinking tawney jelly of a fallen planet, or the nocturnal solution of some plethorical and wanton star'. So I guess they didn't fancy eating it much
There was a whole bunch of interesting stuff on Nostoc in general. If you have some time over a cuppa, try these: