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Mystery Fungus Identified

27th February 2021 @ 6:06am – by Lynette Hopkins
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Horses Hoof Fungus – Amadou

Lynette identifies the fungus as Horse Hoof Fungus which used to be used for tinder.

Apparently it can be boiled to remove all the protein, and leaves a felt like material, for which tinder was the main use, but the picture of a hat made from it shows its versatility! 

Having said that, and read the details below ("liberated" from the internet, of course), the editor is not sure that he would wish to wear such a flammable hat!

Amadou is a Top Quality Natural Tinder with the following qualities:

  • It is one of the very best types of tinder for fire lighting
  • It has an amazingly hot ember
  • It is ideal for flint & steel fire lighting
  • It can catch the smallest of sparks
  • It is ideal tinder for Ferrocerium Flint fire lighting
  • It is ideal tinder for Fire Piston fire lighting and
  • It is ideal tinder for all solar fire lighting techniques


Amadou is made from the Horse's Hoof Fungus (Fomes fomentarius), also known as Tinder Fungus and Hoof Fungus, and is one of the very best fire lighting tinder's around. Amadou is incredible natural tinder that has superior ember making properties with all spark, solar and fire piston based fire lighting techniques. Just a small pinch of this great tinder, about the size of your little fingernail, is sufficient to light a fire when using a properly prepared tinder bundle.

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