One Of nature’s treasures, wild mushrooms should Only be foraged with an expert guide
Our expert guide to foraging for and eating wild mushrooms
Ovoli (or Caesar’s mushrooms) are found in southern europe and north africa, and were once favoured by the early rulers of the roman empire. A good local substitute is the pine ring mushroom, which grows beneath pine needles on the forest floor.
Native to east asia, shiitake mushrooms are recognised for their medicinal properties. They grow in groups on the decaying wood of deciduous trees. Available from select supermarkets countrywide.
Porcini are found in europe, asia, north america and africa. Find them in forests and tree plantations, enveloping a tree’s roots above ground in summer in Kwazulu-natal and in autumn in the western Cape.
Though native to europe and north america, portobello (known as button mushrooms when immature) are cultivated in more than 70 countries and are the most widely consumed mushroom in the world.
Chanterelles (also called girolle) grow in clusters in mossy coniferous forests, mountainous birch forests and among grasses and low-growing herbs in europe, asia and central africa. Available at select delis countrywide.
Chanterelle Portobello Ovoli Shiitake Porcini