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FUNGI EXPERIENCE

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The Wild Fungi Workshops are one of our most popular experiences and would need to be booked well in advance. A day spent in the woods looking for different types of wild mushrooms; mushrooms of all shapes, sizes and colours. Some edible some not. Some poisonous, others deadly. Ireland has a surprising number of wild mushrooms, something in the region of 4,000 species, so there is a lot to get to know in the woods, both coniferous and deciduous. The day will start with Tea and Coffee and a brief introductory talk, illustrated with samples. We will then go off to a local wood or two, to see what we can find. After a couple of hours, we will return for a three-course organic lunch. After lunch we will identify everything we have found and if there are any edibles, we will cook them up.

Information sheets, tips and advice provided.

Wild Fungi Experience
  • Cost €100 per person
  • Time 10.30 AM-4 PM
  • 3 course organic lunch provided
  • Baskets provided
  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing
  • Sorry No Pets

This was a really great workshop. There were 20 in the group. Mary and Robert gave a really informative talk, with fabulous examples, before we headed out to a forest where we all collected an enormous variety of mushrooms. Back at their place we had a delicious lunch, mostly from produce from their own garden . They then identified all of the fungi we had collected and cooked up the edibles in butter and garlic. Ceps, hedgehogs and chanterelle. Delicious. We had a glass of wine and thouraghtly enjoyed the day. The overall takeaway was enjoyment, appreciation and caution.
I couldn't recommend this day enough. Thank you Mary and Rob

Hazel BerginFungi Workshop

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Current Month

September 2024

21sep10:30 am4:00 pmFungi Workshop Sep 21st

October 2024

05oct10:30 am4:00 pmFungi Workshop Oct 5th

12oct10:30 am4:00 pmFungi Workshop Oct 12th

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT OUR  FUNGI WORKSHOP

General Information about mushroom foraging in Ireland

What is mushroom foraging?

Mushroom Foraging is the enjoyable pastime of looking for wild, safe and edible mushrooms.

Why do people forage for mushrooms?

People forage for mushrooms as tt is an enjoyable outdoor pursuit!

When is wild mushroom season?

This depends on the weather but usually the best months are September and October.

Is mushroom foraging illegal?

No. It is perfectly legal to forage for wild mushrooms.

Safety

What are the dangers of mushroom foraging?

It is important to learn the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms through an expert
guide.

Are wild mushrooms harmful to dogs?

Depending on the mushrooms eaten, mushroom poisoning in dogs can cause illness.

Are wild mushrooms poisonous?

Some are and others are deadly poisonous.

What gear do I need for mushroom foraging?

Sensible outdoor wear and a basket to carry samples.

Identification

How to identify edible wild mushrooms?

There are at least 2,500 different types of fungi in Ireland and it is essential to get expert knowledge in identifying them.

What are spore prints and how are they used in identification?

Spore prints are a method of identification and establishing the genera of particular mushrooms.

Can I use mushroom identification apps?

Yes you can . Seeking tuition with an expert guide is recommended.

Cooking and storing fungi

How to clean foraged mushrooms?

Never wash wild mushrooms. Carefully wipe with a damp cloth or use a special mushroom brush to gently clean off any soil etc. from the mushroom.

How to store foraged mushrooms?

The best way to enjoy foraged mushrooms is to eat them as soon as possible after picking. Wild mushrooms can be stored in the cool box of a fridge .

How to cook foraged mushrooms?

First make sure you have carefully identified the type of mushroom you are going to cook. Carefully clean the foraged mushrooms.. Mushrooms can be simply cooked in olive oil or butter if preferred. Many people add a little garlic, salt and pepper to heighten the flavour.

Conservation and learning

Is mushroom foraging sustainable?

It is always good practice to leave very small, immature fungi in the ground for sustainability
purposes.

What should I do with disturbed areas or litter found while foraging?

If possible pick up litter to dispose of responsibly.

Are there foraging groups I can join?

Yes. There are several expert guides listed on the web.

How to learn about mushroom foraging?

A good guide or expert is a safe way to learn about wild mushroom foraging.

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