’ SHROOM SKILLS
Use these tips and tricks from Wren Hudgins, a volunteer with the Puget Sound Mycological Society, to gather mushrooms like a champignon.
Check the specific regulations where you’re visiting. There may be a quota or a permit required.
Carry two field guides— one specific to the region you’re visiting—to crossreference anything you fi nd. (Beginners should go with a more experienced ’shroomer.) Never eat a mushroom you can’t positively identify.
Don’t gather in chemically treated areas or along the side of the road; mushrooms pick up toxins from their environments.
Use a foraging knife (like the N° 08 Mushroom Pocket Knife; $29, opinelusa.com) to cut the mushroom above the ground.
Pick only what you need, and don’t gather from over- harvested locations. Leave small and old mushrooms behind.
Carry your mushrooms in a container with mesh netting or holes on the bottom so they can breathe. (Otherwise you’ll come home with mushroom mush.)