I’m a big fan or recycling so you’ll be glad to know i’m recycling this article from last year. Yes, it’s mushroom picking season and for those of you who don’t just consume the hallucinogenic type, picking mushrooms makes for a nice day out. Grab your basket and let’s go…
Leave your sneakers at home and put on some solid footwear. Mushroom gathering is very relaxing but be prepared to go off-road to fetch the fungi.
Use a basket. Just like you or i, these little guys need air or they start to sweat. If they do, they lose protein, start to mould and become inedible.
To cut or to screw? A recent study showed that it doesn't make a difference. I always take a knife to remove dirt from the mushrooms or perhaps indulge in a little wood carving if the haul is less than impressive.
Without the venerable Grandma Orp i recognize maybe two types of mushrooms. So, app, here you come. My favourite is Myco, which works with a detailed categorisation.
WHEN & WHERE
No one will share their secret spot but in general you'll find them anywhere there is a forest in sight: Uetliberg, Höggerberg, Käferberg, Züriberg or Adlisberg. However, the more remote the higher the likelihood that no other person collected them before you came by.
Each person is only allowed to gather 1 kg at the time.
If you don't trust your gut (you really shouldn't) or your app, you can bring your fungi to an expert to check that they're all edible. This service is for free. You should never, ever eat a mushroom if you're not certain that it's edible. If i can’t convince you then this video should…
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