How Do You Pick Wild Mushrooms?

As soon as the sunrise comes, I wake up to go mushroom-picking. For lunch, I pack a coffee and a couple of sandwiches. It is a long and tedious process to go mushroom-hunting. After a couple hours outdoors, I’m famished. My tools are ready the night before and I start. As I don’t want to waste valuable morning time, I pack my own snacks and eat them on the road. How to humble yourself?

Early morning sunlight will allow you to discover edible mushrooms, and the fresh atmosphere allows you to detect them. By lunchtime, you’ll be finished and can use the rest of your afternoon to clean as well as prepare mushrooms.

As I approach the woodland I inspect the plants and trees. Then I walk towards the spruce and pine trees, checking out their surfaces. I occasionally see green grass. The mossy areas are the first places I check, because they have more moisture that mushrooms like. The mushroom cap should be convex. (Most edible wild por fungi are convex). You can find it in browns of all shades, from light-yellowish to dark-brown. The more usual wild mushrooms, with a convex dark brown cap, are found among the pine trees.

As explained previously, I then walk towards oak trees and shrubs to check for convex mushrooms caps in those colours. It is more difficult to do this because the leaves of the trees are often very thick in larch forests. The mushrooms can easily be hidden by these foliage colors. If I see a mushroom, I will look very closely to the ground. I may even flip over some foliage if it is close. There are many more wild mushrooms between the oak trees, with dark or light brown heads.