Wild Mushroom Foraging Tours (March-May)
A guided mushroom hunt is an opportunity to forage for nature’s delicious bounty – gourmet wild mushrooms, growing in Autumn in cool climate pine forests.
We usually meet at 9am at Hampton beyond Blue Mountains and go from there to mushroom forests for a foraging tour. I will teach you how to recognise and pick wild edible mushrooms, run a safety check of your forage basket contents, then prepare a fresh lunch from our harvest.
After that there will be a mini-workshop on preserving mushrooms: a great opportunity to learn about drying, pickling and fermenting, before you head home between 2-3 pm.
You will come back not only with what you found, but also with confidence to safely recognise two varieties of edible mushrooms and knowledge about how to preserve them.
A mushroom hunt is a great outdoors activity, especially for children who are fascinated by finding not only edible mushrooms, but also fairy circles!
The most popular edible mushroom species growing near Sydney came from the northern hemisphere and colonised pine plantation forests in cooler areas such as highlands beyond Blue Mountains. These delicacies such as Red Pine Mushroom (Saffron Milk Cup) and Slippery Jack are highly prized by chefs and hard to buy.
For bookings please contact me directly. Fees for autumn 2018 will be posted next year.
Comments from recent mushroom hunt participants:
Hi Margaret, thank you for being such a fantastic and knowledgeable guide! Everyone told me how much they enjoyed yesterday. It was a lot of fun and we ended up picking a lot of mushrooms and the apples and blackberries were a great bonus! (Martin, Swiss Club of NSW)
Just want to say that me and Chris had an absolutely fantastic day yesterday, we couldn’t stop talking about how fabulous it was in the car on the way home, we both really really enjoyed the trip thoroughly.
Thank You so much for the amazing day for teaching us the different mushrooms species, setting up the fire, cooking etc. We definitely learnt a lot from the trip. (Carrie & Chris)