Late summer and early autumn are the best times to get fabulous mushrooms.
I am not talking about common cultivated mushrooms, like Button, Champignon or Shiitake. I am talking about the wild ones, springing up in forests and rather difficult to find. In South Tyrol mushrooms have always been a seasonal basic food, since they naturally grew up in the woods and were a tasty ingredient to be added to recipes.
I often go mushrooming with my boyfriend and my dad: I lovewalking in the silence of the woods, meeting wild animals and staring at astonishing landscapes.
I wish everyone could experience a similar excursion once...
And of course there is another advantage: preparing and eating your own products, earned with sweat and tears!
At now it is forbidden to go mushrooming in the municipalities of Anterivo/Altrei, Cornedo all'Isarco/Karneid, Tires/Tiers, Nova Levante/Welschnofen and in nature parks. In other areas you can pay a fixed fee to the local administration. Mushroom gathering is permitted only on days with an even date and only between 7 am and 7 pm. Mushrooms have to be roughly cleaned in the forest and carried into hard and fresh containers.
Remember to respect woods and nature.
Do not ruin forest's ground, destroy inedible mushrooms or leave garbage in the wood. Speak in a low voice and do not disturb wild animals. In other words, help us preserve this precious alpine environment.
Wear suitable clothing and hiking boots. Bring a pocketknife and a walking stick. Do not forget fresh water and a snack in case of need. If it's you first time, refer to the tourist board of the area you are visiting. They will surely give you best advices, good directions and a list of expert tour guides.
- always test bushes, high grass and rocky areas with your walking stick: the forest hosts even snakes. Should someone be bitten, keep calm and seek medical help within a few hours (emergency number 118).