People have gotten really into foraging for mushrooms in recent years, and we’re here for it! If you’re new to the hobby, then we have some tips to get you going! And, you know, to not die. Let’s get started!
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First things first, why do people forage for their own mushrooms?
- Foraging for mushrooms is a great way to get outside and hit the trails!
- Getting fresh air and a little exercise does wonders for your mental health.
- Eating mushrooms is a great way to work in more protein and fiber into your diet, and there are some delicious ways to prepare them.
- If you’re a vegetarian or just love a good meatless Monday, there are a lot of mushrooms out there that make a great meat alternative.
- Aside from being a great source of protein and fiber, mushrooms also contain a lot of Vitamin D and Vitamin B.
There are only a few things you’ll need to become a master mushroom forager:
- A basket or mesh bag to keep your fungus findings in
- A pocket knife for cutting mushrooms down
- A small brush, like a small paintbrush to go ahead and make sure your mushrooms are clean.
- If necessary where you’re at, you’ll want to make sure you have a permit. This could very well not be a thing where you’re at, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
- Snacks. Hey, mushroom foraging is serious business and a person can get hungry on the trails. (Don’t forget some water while you’re at it!)
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Now let’s talk foraging tips!
Just as a precautionary tale, foraging for mushrooms, if you aren’t careful, can actually be deadly. It’s hard to imagine that those little guys could cause anyone harm but they most certainly can. So our first tip is to make sure you know exactly what types of mushrooms you’re looking for, and if you’re uncertain, always air on the side of caution. In fact, we recommend figuring out what mushrooms you’re looking for and learn all you can about them.
So now that you know what mushrooms you’re looking for, become familiar with that particular mushroom’s growing season.
Take advantage of any and all resources; field guides, the internet, apps, you name it.
Once you’ve struck gold and found the mushrooms that you’re looking for, make sure you’re cutting them rather than pulling them up by the root.
Finding mushrooms is really exciting, but it’s also super important that you only take what you plan on eating.