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Mushroom Hunting in the Blue Mountains

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Autumn Fun: Mushroom Picking Blue Mountains
This is the perfect time of the year to escape the city, put on a cosy jumper, take a basket and some picnic supplies and head into the Blue Mountains for mushroom picking.

Just a 1 1/2 hour drive from Sydney, the Greater Blue Mountains Area spans over 10,300 square kilometres of beautiful heritage area, stunning views, picturesque mountain towns and most importantly perfect conditions for edible mushrooms.

Until early May you will be able to find mushrooms like Saffron Milk Caps and Slippery Jacks in this area.

Some areas like Oberon are famous amongst keen mushrooms pickers and around this time of the year you see lots of people out and about on the hunt for the most delicious mushrooms. Not as famous as Oberon, but also offering good chances to find some mushrooms, are parks in Leura and Katoomba.

The Saffron Milk caps thrive in moist conditions and are mostly found near pine tree roots. You can identify The Saffron Milk Cap by its orange colour with distinctive darkening rings and red or pink gills on the underside. The Slippery Jack is dark brown on top with bright yellow spongy gills.

Saffron Milk Cap
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Unless you have experience in mushroom picking, you should seek advise from experts and use Mushroom Guide Books for the right identification and to avoid picking any poisonous and protected species.

There is nothing better than coming home with a basket filled with Saffron Milk Caps, which are delicious in risotto and garlic or in creamy source with linguine.

For more recipes check out this website.

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Why? Mushroom Picking
When: Until early May
Where: Blue Mountains
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We used to go mushroom picking at Oberon a week before Easter every year when I was young, Talking 40 years ago. memories!
by Christina Brandalise (score: 3|3138) 2643 days ago
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