I have been dying to go mushroom picking since we first moved to Lithuania and I found out that foraging was a common weekend practice. Perfect for my nerdy ethnobotanist self! Lithuania is about 40% forested, which means that it is pretty easy to find a prime place to collect mushrooms, herbs, or berries. It's even possible just a few minutes outside of the capitol, Vilnius.
Two Sundays ago, one of J's colleagues offered to take us mushroom hunting in the afternoon. Yes! She is well versed in mushrooming as well as in edible plants, so it was such a treat for me to go out to explore and learn. Since moving to Vilnius we haven't had the chance to spend much time out in nature (except in city parks), so it also felt great to just go out into the woods and wander.
I was impressed by the diversity of mushroom species as well as the huge populations of mushrooms that were littering the forest floor half hidden by fallen leaves. It took a careful eye trained on the forest floor to find one of the edible brownish species that was hidden deep in the moss. Some of the mushrooms we saw were brown and plain, while others were red, purple, spotted, or blue. J's colleague went one step further and boiled some of the mushrooms we collected, so we could use them at our leisure. I'm thinking about chopping them up and adding them into a chicken pot pie. What do you think?
|This forest is only about a 15 minute drive from the center of Vilnius|
|A few edible mushrooms|
|Hello there hidden mushroom|
|Not an edible one|
|Love the color of this one!|