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Mushroom Hunting in Victoria

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by Mr T (subscribe)
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Published May 19th 2014
I love Autumn. Not only for the Autumn leaves, but also Autumn means its mushroom hunting time!

Before you go mushroom hunting though make sure you know how to recognise the difference between edible and inedible mushrooms. The 2 most common edible mushrooms I've come across in my ramblings are Slippery Jacks and Saffron Milk Caps (i.e. pine mushrooms). Both are very distinctive and a quick google search will tell you how to recognise them.

Just remember - if you're in doubt - go without!

In terms of where to find edible mushrooms in Melbourne, there are numerous places but generally anywhere you can find pine trees will yield these edible mushrooms. Places you may wish to try:

Dandenong Ranges

The ideal conditions for mushrooms are a few days of rain followed by a few days of sunshine to really make them sprout.

Remember to walk slowly, and look under any mounds of pine needles, the mushrooms will often be covered these needles.

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Saffron Milk Cap Mushroom

As you can see by the above, photo the saffron milk cap mushrooms are quite distinctive and ooze a bright orange sap when cut.

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Saffron Milk Cap Mushroom on the forest floor

Here is the top of a saffron milk cap mushroom. This one was relatively easy to spot, but quite often they are either partially or wholly obscured by pine needles.

Make sure to take a basket so as not to bruise the mushrooms and cut the mushrooms at the base with a knife to it can regenerate.

It's a great day to spend the day with family and friends and will surely rekindle the excitement you felt as a kid on an Easter egg hunt .

Remember, if you're not confident, they are plenty of qualified professionals conducting mushroom tours in Victoria.
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