Mushroom hunting or mushrooming is the activity of searching for mushrooms in the wild, typically for eating.
Mushroom hunting or mushrooming is the activity of searching for mushrooms in the wild, typically for eating. It is popular in most of Europe, including the Nordic, Baltic and Slavic countries (see mushroom picking in Slavic culture) and the Mediterranean Basin, as well as in western North America (particularly from the San Francisco Bay Area northward along the Pacific Coast). Due to atmospheric warming, British enthusiasts today enjoy an extended average picking season of 75 days compared to just 33 in the 1950s.
A large number of mushrooms species are favored for eating by mushroom hunters. The king bolete is a popular delicacy. Sulphur shelf (also known as Chicken Mushroom or Chicken of the Woods) is often gathered because it occurs in bulk, recurs year after year, is easily identified, and has a wide variety of culinary uses. Chanterelles, morels, Shaggy Manes (in genus Coprinus), and Puffballs are among the most popular types of mushrooms to gather, most of these being relatively hard to misidentify by anyone with practice. Only experts, however, collect from dangerous groups, such as Amanita, which include some of the most toxic mushrooms in existence.
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