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Wonders of the forest

forest wild mushrooms

I love spending time with my family in the nature. You have clean air, organic food just in front of you and you do sports.

I am teaching my 4 years old son about forest, hills, wild berries and wild mushrooms. With wild mushrooms will be a long teaching process. He needs to learn to identify the edible ones from the non-edible ones, and that takes time and practice.

When we are in the forest I show him different types of flowers, bugs, moss, trees, butterflies and others. We learn to respect and take care of our forests.  My parents taught me about wild mushrooms a long time ago and now is time to teach my son or anyone who wants to learn.

I always enjoyed collecting wild mushrooms. I took my son when he was 6 months old and he loved the experience. Now I go in the forest with my son, my big camera with my macro lens and take photos of all the mushrooms I see, edible or not. We have also 2 baskets that keep our mushrooms whole and some recipients for wild berries.

You need to learn about mushrooms in the forest, not on the internet. You need to smell them, touch them and look at them from all the angles.

Toxic mushrooms

There are some rules when you go collecting mushrooms:

  • If you are not sure about a mushroom don’t take it. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you decide to take it, because you have a person home who knows better, put it in a different basket.
  • You don’t get sick from touching a toxic mushrooms, so you can touch it, but be careful not to touch your eyes or mouth.
  • Smell the mushrooms. The edible ones have a distinct smell. Toxic ones tend to have a powerful smell.
  • If you found snails on a mushroom then is an edible one. This is only for the mushrooms you know there are edible but you are not so sure.(I ate and I am still eating mushrooms with snails or worms inside. If you don’t like it, don’t do it. It’s not a must.)
  • Buy a regional filed guide to learn what mushrooms grow wild near you, check a botanical atlas or internet or ask a person who knows about mushrooms.
  • Pick only whole, firm and fresh mushrooms.

Don’t eat them raw. Boiled them once or twice and change the water every time. Just to be safe. If you eat them for the first time could be difficult to digest or you could be allergic to them. If they have worms put them for 1 hour in the water. The worms will come out. (This is because of rain.)

I am 100% sure about a few mushrooms and are the only ones that I collect. I know some are edible, but I never tried them. Still there is time. Each country or region of the country have different mushrooms, so you need to be aware of that.

Those are the ones that I always collect:

  • Boletus edulis
  • Chanterelle
  • Gyromitra esculenta
  • Armillaria mellea
  • Clavulinaceae
  • Clavariaceae
  • Russula
  • Lactarius deterrimus
  • Lactarius deliciosus
  • Suillus tomentosus

wild edible mushrooms


92 thoughts on “Wonders of the forest

  1. I would not have a clue whats what 😬 this is a great guide tho and fantastic photos of course 🙂

  2. loved mushroom picking with my dad when I was a child …unfortunately I didn’t pay much attention….nowadays I don’t want to take any risks so even the ones I think are the same we used to it I don’t pick….is there any mushroom pickers bible out there you would recommend?

  3. Wow looks like a great activity, always curious about going mushroom hunting and would love to do it in the future but perhaps with a guide who knows their stuff! Lovely pictures

  4. Lovely post- I used to spend my summer holidays in the forest in Germany and although I don’t like eating mushrooms I always found picking them (and finding other things like wild berries) so exciting 🙂

  5. Sounds like a ramble through the woods with you would be fun. I think the walking ability and stamina of a 4 yr old are about my level. Would you give me a cold drink or two and some chocolate when we got home? And then we could both take a nap … the 4yr old and me. 🙂

  6. We are on the edge of the arid lands and I am unaware of any wild mushrooms around this area. Commercial only I’m afraid.and these are $A11 per kilo – about $US12:50.

  7. I would go and watch my parents pick mushrooms in a private forest & at the time did not appreciate their taste as they salted them too much. Friends would salt them even more & it took me a few years to appreciate just simple button ones.
    Birch trees are always a good spot to look. A half chewed one is always a good sign but would you share it? It takes skill & courage to pick the right ones for sure.

    1. They say to pick whole mushrooms. I found snails on a mushroom eatting it lots of time. I just take off the snail and put the mushroom in the basket. I boiled the mushrooms so is not a problem.

  8. Lovely post. I wish I had a guide to teach me in the forest, there are many mushromms now in Sweden but I don’t know them so I don’t pick any.

  9. This was a lovely post. I enjoy mushrooms but do not live near anywhere I could go picking. Long ago one of my Russian instructors taugh me to identify some mushrooms, she said mushroom picking is popular in Eastern Europe. As an alternative to wild mushrooms, I make the recipes she gave me with an assortment of mushrooms from the Korean market and it works well.

  10. Gosh, your information on mushrooms was very helpful. And it’s nice being around nature, do you grow your own vegetables?

  11. I can’t walk very far but we have a grove on our property that would probably be good for mushrooms. I want to find someone who really knows about them and have them help me learn about them. I’m a mushroom lover from my childhood…a very long time ago! Thanks for the great post!

  12. Walking in the forest always fills my soul. It is restorative and so beautiful. The forest floor changes week to week where I walk, with different fauna, bugs, mushrooms, and flowers.I like to keep an eye on the blackberries starting in Spring, and by late August my daughters and I can pick enough for a pie. Beautiful article!

  13. My boys (10 & 6 yrs old) and I have been learning about mushrooms. Would you recommend any books for kids on the topic? I’ve been looking around for children friendly material.

  14. Lovely post. Love the photographs its very interesting to learn about collecting wild mushrooms. Being vegan a lot of the times mushrooms are a go too. its good to know there is a wild and wide variety

  15. enjoyed your post about mushrooms. I haven’t eaten any wild ones, but love to photograph them. My spouse and i have taken 2 trips to the Mendocino, CA area in the fall and winter. There are some beautiful ones on a forest walk we take. I’m especially fond of the red ones like the one in the center of your first photo grouping. We also saw some that looked like slightly undulating peanut butter cups!

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