Mushroom Picking in Sweden
One of my favorite things about fall, after Halloween of course, is mushroom picking. If any of you grew up like I did, you might remember being told to never eat wild mushrooms! However, this of course is not true! You just can’t eat all wild mushrooms.
I first came across mushroom picking in the Czech Republic. It is a national past time, and most Czechs know which mushrooms one can eat and which you can’t. The Czechs have a great saying when it comes to mushrooms.
All wild mushrooms are edible. Some you can only eat once.
Mushroom picking is not as big in Sweden, but it is growing. And the cool thing is that here on the coast of Sweden we have special mushrooms called “Chantarelle” or “kantarell” in Swedish. They are the mushroom Cantharellus cibarius. These mushrooms are very delicious, and last week I had the chance to go out mushroom picking with the “Svamp Kung” (Mushroom King).
There are two type of Chantarelle. One is brown, a bit smaller, and easy to find if you know where to look.
It may be hard to see when you don’t know what you are looking for. They are brown and the hole in the top, and the gills underneath the cap are what you can use to tell them apart from other mushrooms.
The Gold Chanterelle mushrooms need to be eaten right away. I fried mine up with some butter and had them on my smorgås when I fika-ed. Yummy! The brown ones are much better because you can dry them. I simply laid them on hanging cheese cloth and they dried all on their own! When one wants to use them, you just put them in water for 5 minutes and they are good to go!
It was a lot of fun being out in the forest, hunting for mushrooms. And I have to say the trip was a success!
Since I have tons of mushrooms and will be mushroom picking again next week, I thought, why not give away some mushrooms? If you want some dried mushrooms, leave a comment on why you should get them! I’ll pick a winner on the 15th. If you are near Skellefteå and just want to stop by, drop me a line, I have way too many!