Good day to all our awesome readers, today we are discussing foraging for mushrooms. We will start with the basic gear you need and then I will go on to explain the rest.
You will need the following to harvest your mushrooms:
- A small paintbrush/toothbrush
- A knife
- Nice comfortable basket
- A cap to cover your eyes from the downcasting light from the sun
- More about the gear: I prefer using a toothbrush because the bristles are a bit stronger and we use this for cleaning the mushrooms. Take your time cleaning your harvest, one by one as nature has its own time and you get to appreciate nature in all its glory. While harvesting and with your mushrooms in the basket, the mushrooms still give off spores, so as you walk you are inadvertently sowing spores into the air making a way for more mushrooms to settle on the ground. I have recently learnt from readings and tv shows that pulling the whole mushroom out and then cutting it clean is the best way versus cutting. The cutting versus plucking debate is still going on and what I understand about picking is that when you pick the mushrooms you agitate the mycelium which empowers the mycelium to grow more mushrooms. Additionally, the idea behind it is that plucking resembles an animal chomping on them. My understanding of cutting is that cutting mushrooms is like cutting your finger, it will be prone to infection if left open, so when you cut you leave a piece of the stem behind and it will be prone to infection of left open. This intern leads to the mycelium ( which is the root structure of the mushroom) being infected. Well as I said neither one has been clarified, but it does make sense if you think of it. After harvesting, I always make sure to cover the holes left behind. I like using a cap to cover my eyes especially in the midday, when the sun rays hit the top of your eyes, giving half a glare so your vision is automatically impaired when looking down. The cap takes that glare away from your eyes, so you can see better on the ground.