This is our second mushroom picking tour beyond Blue Mountains this year. We will go to one of the State Forests, identify and collect edible mushrooms, then prepare a scrumptious lunch and also learn how to preserve the bounty. There will be food samples for the adventurous to taste (pickled mushrooms and dumplings made using dried mushrooms) and if we find very small mushrooms, we will pickle them.
Your guide will be Margaret Mossakowska. She has been picking mushrooms all her life (both in Poland and in Australia) and has learned the skill of cooking and preserving mushrooms in various ways from her mother. The most common and aromatic wild edible mushrooms to be found around Sydney are Saffron Caps and Slippery Jacks, which can be found in pine forests. They are easily identified (also recommended by the State Forests), but just to be sure, ask Margaret and she will check the finds in your baskets.
WHAT TO BRING
Small knife, stiff brush (for cleaning mushrooms), fork, eating bowl/plate, water, drinks (wine if you wish), and a perforated container for collected mushrooms (wicker or plastic baskets are the best). Be warned that we do pick a lot so don’t bring something too small.
If you would like to pickle some of your harvest, bring a few small sterilised jars (100-200g size) with lids.
Please wear good shoes and warm clothes, including rain gear. April days can be very cold in the highlands.
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There is no number limit or any fee. It's absolutely FREE!