Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mushroom Hunting

We love hunting for our food here, whether it be rabbits, wild cherry plums and rose hips or the many tasty and wonderful variety of mushrooms that can be found in and around the local forest. It makes us feel connected to the earth and full of gratitude for what mother nature provides.
I can't wait til it is mushroom season again. Different varieties appear at different times of the year and we always go on our "Shroom hunting" adventures with my Dad who knows the secret locations where they grow and has taken the time to do lots of research on what can be found in this area and also what is edible.
Here are some pictures of some mushrooming trips we made last year

This one already had a bite taken out of it.
Probably a deer a sheep.


I love the patterns on this one

Can't eat these ones!

The next 3 photos are of "Sticky Buns" You can eat them
but they don't really taste all that good.

These little beauties are called Morels. They kind of look like coral i think and are spongy to the touch. Not at all like other mushrooms. They are my favourite though not only for there looks but in America they are known as "The other steak" and it's true! Fried up until they're soft with a little bit of salt and pepper and garlic if you like and they taste just like steak YUMMY!

There are a few different types of Morels and also "false" morels which are poisonous. As with ANY mushroom please do DO NOT eat them unless you are absolutely sure what it is. There are lots of good field guides on mushrooms/fungi to help you to identify them.

This is the morel T shirt that I bought my Dad for Christmas. I love the little gnome with the mushroom hat, very cool

Even on the days when we don't find any mushies (which is not all that often)it's just great to be out in the forest in the fresh air having an adventure! :)
Happy shrooming and Happy Weekend friends



  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and signing up to follow. I have also been looking through your blog and love what you write about.

    Congratulations to you and your family on your pregnancy - how exciting for you.

    Your mushroom picking adventure looks like so much fun and WOW the mushrooms look amazing. I will have to do some research as I would have no idea on what mushrooms can be picked. We see mushrooms all the time at the Mary Cairncross Park Rainforest walk and have nicknamed the tiny ones "Fairy Villages". Jordan loves finding new ones!

    I will post the recipes for the soups on my blog in the next couple of days for you and look forward to reading over your archives.

    Janine xx

  2. your mushroom hunting looks like so much fun! Benny talks about mushroom hunting around here when he was little, we want to go soon too (mmm, mushrooms!) I love love love your dads shirt, I bet that was his favourite present. Id love for you to blog about your future mushroom hunting adventures, that way it will remind us to go too!
    Ive emailed you too

  3. i love mushrooms but have never been hunting that would be alot of fun!

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