These, above, are Giant Puffballs. The dark one is Bolete. Food from the wild. What more could be a blessing? Or more aptly, which of these blessings do you deny?
Mushroom hunting is a great way to get outside. It is educational and teaches the kids how to be conscious of their environment. It will increase the palette from which to pick from when even thinking of food. Why should everything be sweet, pretty, or packaged?
Most mushrooms need to be cooked. Some like the Chantrelle can be dried and pulverized to be used as a ‘pepper’ garnish. Can anyone turn away healthy and free food?
The field guides are a great start to get out and begin looking at the fungi that is in your world. They grow everywhere. Kids love this. It is a game of hide and seek. If need be you can use it as a lesson on foraging and relate it to how early peoples were gatherers of wild foods. They are in many shapes, sizes and colors. If you can, find someone that eats from the wild and get them to teach you. Get comfortable with identification, look at recipes and attend a festival. You and your family will be glad you did.
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NOTE; All wild mushrooms MUST be identified correctly. If you have doubts as to the id, err on the side of caution, do not eat it.Throw it out.