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.