Mushroom hunting is a sport — one in which the mushrooms may actually have a chance of “winning” if the person eating does a poor job of species identification. However, picking mushrooms and eating them is a safe occupation, provided one knows the toxic types, properly identifies the species and stays with the most common edible ones.
Literally thousands of species of mushrooms are regularly consumed by mushroom hunters. The king bolete (porcini) is a popular delicacy. Sulphur Shelf (Chicken of the Woods) is often gathered because it occurs in bulk, recurs year after year, and has a wide variety of culinary uses. Chanterelles and morels are among the most popular types of mushrooms to gather, the latter being fairly hard to misidentify by anyone with practice.
Identification is not the only element of mushroom hunting that takes practice — knowing where to search does as well. Most mushroom species require very specific conditions — some will only grow at the base of a certain type of tree, for example. Finding a desired species that is known to grow in a certain region can be a challenge and that is where our Mushroom Expert steps in.
Camden Hills State Park (located 3 minutes from the Inn) is a great place to find Porcini, Hen of the Woods, Chicken of the Woods and many, many other wild mushrooms. Our guide will lead you through the woods for 2 hours, pointing out different mushrooms species (edible and poisonous) and instruct you on species identification.
$75 for the first person and $15 per additional person
For more information on mushroom hunting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushroom_hunting
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