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Mushroom Foraging at Oberon

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by Aisyah Gala (subscribe)
A self-proclaimed princess who exercises and takes selfies for a living. Instagram @ariesyah
Published May 7th 2015
From the forest to your dinner plate
Oberon is situated in the magnificent central tablelands of Blue Mountains, The drive to Oberon from North Sydney takes around 3 hours.

It would be recommended to stop by the Oberon Visitors Centre before embarking on your mushroom foraging adventure. When I was there, I was greeted by a friendly lady who handed me maps and gave me directions on how to get to the Mushroom Foraging fields, provided me with some tips on which mushrooms to pick and which ones I should stay away from and assured me that the Huntsman and leeches might occasionally appear but otherwise there is nothing I should worry about.

The lady pointed me to the direction of Blackspring. It was about a 20 minutes drive from Oberon. From Oberon, I drove along Abercrombie Road and I had to make a turn into Riverview Road, which is an unpaved road.

You know you're at the right place when you spot these mystical plants growing in abundance at the side of the roads. I was lucky I decided to forage some mushrooms right after a whole week of rain. The wet autumn weather serves as the optimal condition for mushrooms to grow.

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As there were no designated parking spots, I had to park on the grass at the side of the road.

So I began my foraging expedition!

These are the two types of mushrooms I foraged:
1. Saffron Milk Cap- orange with some darker orange spots on the cap with gills on the bottom. Has a distinct funnel like shape.

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The underside of a Saffron Milk Cap

2. Slippery Jack- brownish and slimy on top, spongy, porous and yellowish below the cap.

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The underside of a Slippery Jack

There were plenty of the Fly Agaric mushrooms which are poisonous in large doses so I did my best to avoid them!

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Pretty but poisonous!

My mushroom adventure did not end after collecting a bag full of wild mushrooms! Upon reaching home, I cleaned my mushroom and stored them in a paper bag and place them in the fridge.

The next day, I looked for some recipes online and found one which was relatively easy and gave it a try:

Sauteed Saffron Milk Caps

The sautéed Saffron Milk Caps were amazingly delicious! It's latin name, Lactarius deliciosus, definitely lived up to its name! It tasted fresh and has a bit of crunch to it. Totally loved it!

I'm definitely heading to Oberon for mushroom hunting again before Autumn comes to an end!

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Why? Because you can only do it in Autumn
When: Autumn
Where: Oberon
Cost: Free entry to Oberon State Forest
Your Comment
Used to go there as a child with the family!
by Christina Brandalise (score: 3|3115) 1797 days ago
Great article. Id love to do this!
by Rota (score: 2|717) 1789 days ago
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