Mush­room Magic

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A- hunt­ing we will go! Mush­room hunt­ing, that is. This culi­nary pur­suit is one of Ger­many’s most pop­u­lar au­tumn pas­times, and the woods around Ber­lin are rife with the tasty fungi. Just take the S- Bahn to Grunewald, Ber­nau, or Lud­wigs­felde sta­tions and head into the for­est from there. There are more than 1500 va­ri­eties to un­earth, but only a few of them are ed­i­ble, so don’t ven­ture out with­out a good mush­room iden­ti­fi­ca­tion book. The cream of crop are Stein­pilze ( porcini mush­rooms) and Marone ( Bay bo­lete). Since mush­room pick­ing is always risky for the non- ex­perts, make sure you take your pick­ings to the Botanis­cher Garten ( p. 39) for safety ap­proval be­fore cook­ing up your feast. The mush­room ex­perts are there on Mon­days 1: 30– 4: 30pm and on Fri­days 3: 30– 5: 30pm. If you’re truly wary of bump­ing into the non- ed­i­ble kind, head to lo­cal mar­kets where you’ll find bas­kets full of mush­rooms, in­clud­ing the prized Pfif­fer­ling (chanterelle). Restau­rant menus, you will no­tice, also get mush­roomheavy this time of year.

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