What fun we had on our first mushroom foraging adventure this weekend, thanks to some mushrooming enthusiast friends of ours. Venturing into Belanglo State Forest in autumn after rain, we were met with a mushroom fairyland!
Amongst the exotic pine forest we focused on finding Saffron Milkcaps
and Slippery Jacks.
We felt lucky to have our friend Nat, who’s family has been foraging mushrooms for years, to show us the ropes. You can never be too careful with foraging mushrooms, and really need to be sure of what you are foraging, as many mushrooms are poisonous.
After a couple of hours foraging our group of nine adults had found over 10 kilos of edible mushrooms. We cooked some up for lunch with butter and garlic and they were quite tasty.
At home we have all experimented with different ways to use and preserve our mushies – making mushroom mince with tofu, mushroom risotto, preserving them etc.
On the way home, just outside of Moss Vale we spotted a fantastic roadside apple tree, just loaded with apples calling to be harvested. In 10 minutes of group foraging we probably had over 15 kilos of tasty apples!
Have you been on any foraging adventures?