Wild Mushrooms!

I know. The first reaction of most people is “aren’t they poison?”. I understand this to be from years of tale of toadstools and witchcraft all making it’s way into the mind and ensuring that we never stray too far off the beaten path. I, too, read all those same tales. It only takes one taste to melt those fears away.
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.
Click here for Mushroom Guidance

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.


About sixathome

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ Mom to six children that have never been sent to school.
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10 Responses to Wild Mushrooms!

  1. This blog post reminds me of how much I miss mushrooms. Living in Cuba has major advantages and is an amazing journey. But I do miss things from home, mainly foods, naturally! Mushrooms being high up on the list. Maybe one day if I get to spend more time in the mountain areas like the Escambray or Sierra Maestra I might be able to forrage for them. In the meantime I just dream of mushrooms cooked in cream with a little black pepper served on toast. Yummmmmmmy.

    • sixathome says:

      On a quick search “mountainous regions in the country, along with 3,400 species of mushrooms.” you should have a nice choice of edibles! Being such a pristine country they may taste even better. Oh yeah, yum!

  2. Fox says:

    That’s really interesting. I know my partner would love going mushroom hunting with the kids. The kids love mushrooms! I’m just not sure if we’d have any around here. I’ve definitely found some poisonous mushrooms in the past (like the cool neon orange ones we had at camp when I was a kid) but it would be fun to find some that aren’t!

    • sixathome says:

      Mushrooms are everywhere! Get a good guide book from the library and start to learn to id the simple things even on non-edibles. Look for them under trees and around dead wood, Oysters grow on decaying wood and are choice edibles. Learn terms Gills, cap, color, where were they found, are they slippery or dry, and a spore print. Remove the cap/top,set on paper gills/sponge side down and leave for 24 hrs. You will see the spores drop when you lift it up the neext day. Look at the color and if you have a magnifying glass or microscope look at shape. It is an old way of find food. A great source of protien and vitamins. Never eat a raw wild mushroom as an amatuer, all should be cooked.
      Free food and science!

      • Fox says:

        We’ve actually searched for wild mushrooms in our area. The only areas that might be good for growing mushrooms that we can get to are not exactly places I want to take my kids. I don’t really want to be taking my kids into a place where water moccasins are known to live. I’d feel horrible if one of them got bit! Unfortunately, we’re also not surrounded by a lot of wild for them to grow in. I’m hoping once we have a car we can adventure and look for them!

  3. sixathome says:

    Reblogged this on Six at Home! and commented:

    It’s that time of year to keep a look out for wild shrooms

  4. Mama to six says:

    Imagine not being able to afford meat. But those mushrooms in your yard are full of protein. Do not wait to learn and try what could sustain you and your family. Our earth is full of good things to eat but we have been told they are weeds or other nonsense. We must take back the knowledge of the forage.

  5. Ive always wanted to try the different mushrooms out there….. but I'm so nervous!

  6. Mama to six says:

    They are delicious and nutritious. You can find kits to grow what would normally be wild so you do not have to be afraid. But what a gift that your husband has knowledge of the bounty of the land!

  7. Jackie H. says:

    hmm, It's kind of funny, my husband grew up with wild mushrooms and I always say, “I think those are poisonous!!!” I've always been too scared to try. Maybe I'll get brave someday… 🙂

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