One Of na­ture’s trea­sures, wild mush­rooms should Only be for­aged with an ex­pert guide

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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

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