Finding fungi in the wild

Mushroom foraging is a fun activity in autumn. 

Photo: Helen McKerral

Helen McKerral is a proficient mushroom forager, but she has discovered that although you can learn about foraging in books and online, there is no substitute for hands-on experience with a skilled guide, especially in your local area, with follow-up mentoring.

Luckily, foraging workshops led by knowledgeable chefs and mycologists have sprung up around the country, teaching Australians to accurately identify mushrooms, and to forage in the safest way possible.

Do not try to forage mushrooms without following the basics and getting some guidance. Helen has written an article that outlines some dos and don’ts – you’ll find it in OG Issue 124.

If there are no experts around, then consider growing your own mushrooms instead. Below are some workshops listed by state, as well as kit suppliers. 

Workshops:

NSW

Selby Shrooms

Wild Food Adventure Tours 

Finding Feasts 

Corporate Keys

Moss House 

Diego Bonetto 

SA

The Wild Food Huntress

VIC

MushroomTours.com  

Max’s Restaurant

Alison Pouliot

Australian Wild Herbs & Mushrooms  

TAS 

Forest Fungi 

Sirocco South Forage and Feast 

QLD

Mushroom Meander

Regional and throughout Australia:

Urban Kulture 

 

Kit suppliers:

 

General resources:

 

By: Helen McKerral

First published: March 2021

Related topics

Plants & Vegetables, Autumn, Mushroom foraging, mushrooms, Issue 124 -- March/April 2021, Sustainable living