The forager’s code: wild mushroom hunters urged to take a conscious, conservative approach

Interest in wild mushroom foraging is on the rise in Australia, but without adequate information and care it can be far from a harmless hobby

Every autumn when the Swiss go out to collect mushrooms, before they return home in the evening to dunk them in fondue, they hand their basket to the Pilzkontrolleur. This mushroom inspector will pluck out any toxic fungi and send them home with what is safe to eat.

The fashion for foraging has made it to Australia, but locally there are no Pilzkontrolleuer offices to visit with your harvest.

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