Wild Mushroom picking – beyond expectation in Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is one of a famous romantic country in the world. The building with bohemian style just memorable to visit. Wild mushroom picking is a popular activity that you can do while you are in the Czech Republic. It is tradition activity among Czech. The mushrooms season usually begins from May and culminates in September, in the woods. A lot of people go to woods and start to hunt mushrooms in this season.

A month visit to Europe on last a couple months ago. It was in September in the spring season. We thought the mushrooms season was finished at this time. Another day that I was not expecting to come. My friend’s husband arranged the adventure to go to a village which they said there is a mushroom. Of course, I definitely joined the adventure. I stayed in the city in Prague, Cerny Most. It took approximately about an hour to go to the woods by car. The woods are located in Mnichovo Hradiste.

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As I can see a lot of people parking their car along the street by the woods but our journey was not the end. There are a lot of places to choose. We chose the woods which not so many people hunt the mushrooms. My friend’s husband introduced his girlfriend to me. This was my first time met Renata. He told me, She is expert with mushrooms. There are many kinds of mushrooms grow in the woods. A lot of them is not able to consume. The Czech Republic as known popular with mushrooming. Mushrooming is also popular in the countries to the northeast of the Czech Republic such as Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia.

This was the first time in my life to do the wild mushroom picking. Hunting mushroom is a fun activity to relax. I visited the Czech Republic last year and hopefully, I can do this fun adventure during my visit but I didn’t make it because we didn’t have enough time to be prepared before. Renata is a very kind person. She has really good English and explained everything to me correctly while we walked into the woods.

What should we bring while you go for mushrooming?

I am addicted to nature. I love to smell the air of the woods environment. Wild mushroom picking is the best activity for everyone who loves nature. What should you bring while you go for mushrooming? First of all, you will need baskets for the mushroom that you picked and also a knife to clean the mushrooms from the worms.

What will you wear?

You need to wear boots, no sandals or high heels for sure. The woods are mostly wet and slippery. Long pants, Jacket with parachute fabric avoid the rain and dew from the woods humidity.

Laccaria Amethystina
Laccaria Amethystina as known Amethyst Deceiver. It can very easily found in woodlands. I recently found these pretty small fungi while walked into the woods for mushroom hunting. The ‘deceiver’ part of the name comes from the fact it can change color depending on if it is dry (then it goes pale, almost white) or when it is wet (dark and more brown). The gills and stem however usually stay the same colour though. We were not picking them because we didn’t know these fungi species be able to be consumed or not.
Amanita Muscaria
Amanita Muscaria, commonly known as fly agaric the poisonous mushroom which I mostly found while I walked into the woods.

The Queen of Mushroom

Renata explained about mushrooms to me. I wasn’t expecting to find this mushroom as the season was finished. We walked through the woods. There was nobody hunting the mushroom in this location. Yess, only us. Four of us. The weather is colder than usual but I kept watching my way hopefully to get a big mushroom. We found beautiful mushroom while we walked. This is more interesting than I thought.

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This was the first time I’ve seen this kind of mushroom. The appearance is perfectly beautiful. It has red color nearly to orange but unfortunately, it has poisoned. It looks no worms bite the mushrooms and it’s obviously not being able to be consumed. Renata even ignores me to touch this mushroom. While you touch the mushroom, your hands and knife have poisoned. In this situation, you need to clean your hands and knife properly away from contaminated with poison.

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Boletus edulis as known cep or penny bun or hribek in Czech. Possible the most collected wild edible mushroom in the Czech, this is one of the most iconic edible species and one that most people only think is availiable dried from the supermarkets. Finding you own patch of Penny Bun or Hribek remains the highlight for many during the fungal season.

There is one kind of mushroom that has a meaty and creamy texture which very popular in the Czech Republic. After 15 minutes walked through the woods, Renata finally found the mushroom which we were looking for. She showed me how looks the mushroom that has popular named among Czech. She also showed me how to picked them properly.  The smell is pleasant. This is one that all foragers love to find and each will have their own sites where they find them. I often seem surprised when she say you can find wild, fresh Hribek in the Czech but it is true.

The Bolete Fungi ( Hribek in Czech )

Hribek is the Czech name given to this mushroom, the Italians call it Porcini and They call it Penny Bun in UK. They are easy to identify, they are in the Boletus family, which have a sponge like structure (pores) under the cap rather than gills. Some of the Boletes turn blue if you cut or bruise them, Cep does not turn blue, Its white pores which are rather charecteristic (though they can go yellow when old) and it has a distinctive white net on the stem, especially near the apex. Find them young you should eat them raw, once they get a little bigger then whip out the butter and garlic and enjoy the wonderful flavour sensation that is wild, fresh, Czech Hribek! Look for them in open woodlands that have beech and oak trees as they associate mainly with these.

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Look how happy my leader is! this is Renata. She was so happy to find them in one place. We had full of mushrooms in the basket though. The bolete species are explode in this place.
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I wore my husband jacket because it was too cold for me. 2 baskets full of mushrooms. It was amazingly fun.
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It’s our mushrooms picking. It was beyond expectation.
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These mushroom will be dry and keep in storage for the next year. It looks delicious for make some food with these fresh wild mushrooms. Especially soup! I love mushrooms soup so much!
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We walked back to our car. Renata and her boyfriend loaded with mushrooms. They use their scarf to take all the mushrooms.

There are also wild blueberries and raspberries while we walked into the woods. It was surprising me. If you would like to travel to Czech, Please don’t skip this fun adventure. You will love it as much as I do. Please comment on bellow what kind of mushrooms that you know and how was your experience during wild mushroom picking in your country?

38 Replies to “Wild Mushroom picking – beyond expectation in Czech Republic”

  1. I never thought of Czech Republic and mushrooms picking but it looks like an interesting day with something to learn, how to pick the best ones and the safest ones! Also seems like a beautiful place to walk around and I would definitely go if I have the chance, X

  2. Mushroom picking sounds like really good fun! I saw a fly agaric once in a woodland – it was amazing, like being in a fairy tale!

  3. Haha even me who is rarely seen out of heels would not chance wearing heels in the woods! I remember going ‘mushrooming’ on a school trip in year 5 in our local woods and it was a lot of fun!

  4. Wow, I didn’t even know wild mushroom picking is an activity! That too, in the Czech Republic, wow. The mushrooms look amazing, so big 😀 Seems like an interesting to try next time.

  5. I would love to do this! Your post is gorgeous, love the photos

  6. wow! I wish i knew about this activity while i was there 2 years ago! haha guess it’s never later, next time I’ll go. Glad you had fun!

  7. Oh my what a haul! I wasn’t expecting to see that many at the end! glad you had a good time, and hope you enjoy the mushrooms when you finally get to taste them!

  8. Being from a completely different part of the world, mushroom picking sounds so exciting and a truly unique experience. I am sure it was fun for you too! Thanks for sharing.
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  9. Beautiful photos. I don’t think I’d be brave enough to pick my own mushrooms.

  10. Oh this looks like a ton for fun! I would be careful though cause mushrooms can be deadly for those who don’t know well to distinguish them.

  11. Oh wow! One of dream.. forests here in our place is not that safe. I really envy you for this, I am addicted to nature too, swimming, mountain climbing, just staring the clear sky relaxes me. If I can do mushroom picking – I will definitely enjoy that too.

  12. I would love to learn to forage one day! You make mushroom picking sound so fun – thanks x

  13. Spring in Iowa means morel mushrooms will start popping up. Everyone who hunts for them always has a secret spot that they’re reluctant to share. A friend told me once to try searching near dead or dying elm trees, along with apple orchards or areas that have been recently burned off prior to morel season. “Sometimes you have better luck in those areas,” He also recommends mossy areas, river bottoms and near stumps. They’re well worth the effort. x

  14. I recently went mushroom picking and to be honest didn’t have the best time, but this might be because I got attacked by wasps 😅 you seem to have had a good time though and your pictures are lovely 🙂

  15. You really had fun in Czech ; didn’t think mushrooms grew that much to the extent of being picked in an activity and in too much colours than white.

  16. This looks like you’ve had a lot of fun! I’ve never gone picking mushroom myself since I’m not that good in distinguishing which mushrooms are good and which ones are bad.

  17. I marvel at your harvest! It is amazing to me that anyone can have the expertise to recognize what is “safe” and edible and what isn’t. Picking mushrooms is not something I do, so I am totally appreciative of you bc I LOVE mushrooms! YUM!!

  18. i used to go mushroom picking with my parents and grandparents when i was a kid, it’s definitely a good Sunday option. Loved your blog i am in love with the Czech Rep!

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    lau
    http://www.malibluemymind.com

  19. You have some really neat photos, and that sure is a lot of mushrooms.

  20. Preet@thevelvetlife says: Reply

    Wild mushroom picking sounds so interesting. I like all your pictures and it is so amazing to see and know about the different types of mushrooms.

  21. Oh I’ve been mushroom picking a very long time ago (I was in 3rd grade) but meh I can’t remember anything clear haha. Glad you had a great time 🙂

  22. This is amazing. One day I will learn enough to feel confident to go mushroom picking!

  23. I’ve never been on a wild mushroom hunt before but it seems like it would be a fun adventure and awesome because of the hunt.

  24. Amazing pictures looks like you had fun!!! I would totally enjoying mushroom picking and photographing them.

  25. What an amazing experience! It must have been so amazing to go foraging for these!

  26. Mushroom picking . This is a great idea , I never thought this become an interesting tourist activity . I do this a lot when I was a kids , especially during the raining season . Every morning we going to the farm and picking the mushroom and cook it . I still remember some spot to find mushroom and they always grow wild around that area .

  27. Back in Romania, I used to with my granddad to pick up wild mushrooms. It was probably one of the activity I was waiting for the most. I remember being so excited going to the woods as I being outdoors so much.

  28. I have been around people who just don’t like to eat mushroom in anything. But I just love mushrooms! fry them, bake them, roast them or do whatever with them, I just like mushrooms! But from where I come from I don’t see these big mushrooms, at least nowhere near where I live. Hope you guys had amazing time in picking them and may be trying out some later. Thank you for sharing! if ever get a chance to visit Czech, I would love to do this activity 🙂

  29. Holy moly, that’s a ton of mushrooms! I’ve always wanted to go foraging and find some. They look amazing and I would love to fry them or use them in a soup. Yum.

  30. What an experience! Wild mushroom hunting sounds fun! I have never done anything like that. I think it would be a great experience. I love mushrooms.

  31. Linda Kurniadi says: Reply

    I love mushroom soup too. I think that is such a nice experience. I want to experience it at least once

  32. Ii have been to the Czech Republic so often but have never been mushroom picking. I think it would be lots of fun to do and a great experience.

  33. Crystal Marie says: Reply

    I’ve never heard of mushrooming before. I also had no idea there were such beautiful mushrooms in the world. Wow! Some of them are so pretty!

  34. Those are some huge mushrooms! I had no idea the Czech Republic was known for mushroom hunting. My ex husband used to love to do that back in Tennessee. I’ll have to fill him in on this blog because he loves to travel and this would give him more incentive to go!

  35. What a cool experience! I went Prague this summer and loved it, but didn’t get the chance to do anything like this!

  36. Oh wow that sounds like such a fun thing to do. I would love to go mushroom picking and eating them!

  37. Sandra Cottam McLemore says: Reply

    Oh wow. I am obsessed with mushrooms but I think I’d pick the wrong ones!

  38. Wow, sounds like you had a great time. I didn’t know mushroom picking is an activity until now. Wish I was there exploring the forest. Nice post, thanks for sharing your adventure.

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