Last Tuesday it was my first time to go mushroom picking/ hunting, an activitiy which you can only do in Autumn. Of course I did not go alone, my friend Carmen was my guide. I was told that you could just go to any forest with tall pine trees. I just drove to a place randomly near my home. At first, I was a bit skeptical if we would find anything that day but I thought nothing to lose, we would still enjoy being outside for a while.
We were very lucky that we met a Swiss lady who was about to take a stroll with her dog and came with us and helped us finding a lot of edible mushrooms. She is very kind and knows which area would have a greater possibility of having mushrooms grown.
After picking the mushrooms, you have to go to a Control and have your mushrooms inspected to make sure that they are safe to eat.
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Here I share some highlight with you:
Orange mushrooms: ‘Echter Reizker’, your fingers will go orange when picking them. I was taught to simply cook them with finely chopped garlic & olive oil. I sprinkled with a little Provencal herbs on top and served with a homemade garden tomato & paprika sauce on spaghetti. The orange mushrooms tasted very different and strong. A very special meal !!!
Nebelgrauer Tricherling is also safe to eat. I blanched them and freezed them for consuming another day.
Nebelgrauer Tricherling found in the forest.
A big Nebelgrauer Tricherling
Basket full very quickly all of a sudden
Our hunting dog, protecting us from wild boar!
The following ones are not edible, just to enjoy looking!
This one is poison of course!!!
Schopftintling: Left-before turning black; Right-after turning black
These are Schopftintling, I was told that you can eat them without mixing with alcohol (Left above) if they have not turned black (Right above). Just by chance, I found this one turned into black in our garden after being away for a few days but in any case I would not dare to eat it without being checked by an expert.
So that was an adventurous afternoon, I will probably have to wait until next year for another mushroom hunting!