On Monday 21st September, autumn arrives, temperatures drop and the countryside has started to change colour. It is time to go out and enjoy nature, why not take advantage of these walks in the woods and pick some mushrooms and then enjoy a delicious meal?
This year the rains have been hard to come by and the mushrooms have been slow to appear, but they are already there, waiting for us in the forests of our province: Mushrooms are not only an exquisite delicacy but also a light food, with many vitamins, minerals, aromas and flavours. It is one of the essential ingredients of the autumn cuisine and not only we like them: already in Roman times and probably even before that, mushrooms were collected for gastronomic purposes. There are an infinite number of tasty dishes that can be prepared with all kinds of mushrooms, and we encourage you to come to Da Bruno to taste some of them.
But before going out and looking for mushrooms, a minimum knowledge is needed to differentiate the edible ones from the non-edible ones. When in doubt about their identification, it is always better not to pick them and, above all, never ingest them, as there are many toxic specimens.
If you have no experience, it is advisable to take part in an organised excursion with people who can introduce you to the subject of mycology. Or that you participate in conferences and visit a fair, you will surely learn something about mushrooms and how to distinguish between those that can be eaten and those that are better left in the forest.
With regard to harvesting: It is not only important which mushrooms to pick, but also how. Try not to pull out the mushrooms as you would also take the root and after all we want to protect our ecosystem and find mushrooms again next year. Use a wicker basket - in a plastic bag they are easily damaged. Try to choose a place where there aren't too many people so that you don't 'wipe out' everyone in the same area. And once you have picked them, prepare yourself a good dish, you will surely enjoy their aromas and that peculiar taste of "pure country".