Social media brings out the worst in people and pick shaming is common in mushroom picking or foraging groups. Just … More
Chanterelle mushrooms are a relatively new mushroom to me. Although I grew up picking mushrooms and could accurately ID several … More
Bolete mushrooms are by far my favorite mushroom to forage, cook and eat. They are easy to identify because they … More
Chicken of the Woods is an amazing mushroom that is known for its taste. Somehow, it tastes exactly like chicken! … More
Mushroom picking is a popular hobby all over the world. In the Czech Republic, it is a very popular activity … More
Yesterday I wrote an article about starting a garden. But not everyone has the time or space to grow their … More
There are strict rules about foraging anything in state parks and city parks. The laws aren’t clear at all, so it’s always best to ask someone more experienced. Whenever we go picking mushrooms, we bring a towel/picnic blanket to drape over the basket just in case.
Puffballs of all sizes grow in the forest, alongside roads, in the middle of a green grassy lawn, they can really grow anywhere! You can stir fry them, cook them in the oven and my absolute favorite, is pretending they are pancakes!
I find these mushrooms the most rewarding to pick, because even a small one is enough as a side dish to any meal and the bigger ones can feed an entire family! Every time I’ve looked for hens, I found at least one and usually had 2-4 kilos (4-9 pounds) in just 30 minutes of searching. Of course, you can also find a single mushroom that weighs 13+ kilos (30+ pounds).
So many people are curious about picking and cooking mushrooms but fear holds them back. It is never risk-free to eat wild mushrooms, but there are certain kinds that are extremely easy to identify. There are also books, Facebook groups and other recourses that can help you. Never eat anything that you’re not sure about or something that has a poisonous look-a-like.