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Going for mushrooms: where to look


Where to look for mushrooms? There are indeed characteristic places where i mushrooms do they develop better? The answer is yes and these places are technically called 'growth stations'. For the seeker, go for mushrooms it means exploring these points by making a map of them.

The most favorable places for the development of carpophores (all part of the mushroom external to the ground from stem to cap) are the woods, which represent the most common environment of growth stations.

Go for mushrooms therefore it means aiming above all at the woods. However, it does not escape that the woods are not all the same. There are beech woods (or beech woods), fir, larch, poplar, chestnut and so on. And then there is the coppice and there are micro-zones within the forest made up of meadows and 'airy stations'.


What are the most favorable habitats and for which types of mushrooms

When it comes to essences, things get subtle because if it is true that all these stations have their own 'mycological cortege', that is a type of mushrooms who prefer that type of plant, it is equally true that it is only a 'preference'. There is no rigid and exclusive link between a particular type of mushroom and a particular plant.

A boletus (intended as Boletus edulis) can be found under a beech or under a chestnut, but it also occurs in the fir forest. Another mushroom from the porcini family, Boletus luteus, is always found under conifers. Let's say that from the point of view of the close link with the individual essences, mushrooms can be distinguished as exclusive, preferential or indifferent.

If, on the other hand, we are talking about sub-environments, dense woods or clearings, we can certainly say that deciduous and coniferous forests are the ideal habitat for porcini mushrooms and the surroundings of mature trees, among the roots or in the canopy area, they are the place to look for them. In the low coppice wood and in the airy stations, instead, the drum club should be sought

Go mushrooming, if you are a seeker and not a hiker, it is a question of knowledge and technique rather than luck. The examination on the map of the type of forest of an area in relation to the altitude and the period already makes it clear to the seeker if there will be mushrooms and which mushrooms will be more likely to find. The patrolling and frequenting of the places then serves to make a map, to be kept secret, of the micro stations of growth.

Collecting mushrooms: the places and the dangers

Other useful tips and information on the mushroom picking:

  • Edible Mushrooms
  • Poisonous mushrooms, how to recognize them
  • Where to collect mushrooms
  • Advice on mushroom picking
  • Mycotherapy: healing medicinal mushrooms


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