Its Mushroom season again and we love foraging with the kids, looking forward to the Autumn months making our way up to our favorite spot in Daylesford its become one of our yearly traditions. It's a great day to spend with family and friends and will surely get the kids excited being outdoors exploring.
WHAT ARE PINE MUSHROOMS
Also known as Lactarius delicious, Saffron Milk Caps and Orange Fly Caps Pine mushrooms are commonly found under pine trees. Often known as milky saffron, as they exude a milky orange sap when cut. Vibrant saffron-coloured cap, gills and stem and firm texture and when bruised they stain green, in fact they look toxic.
When I first saw them I wouldn't go near them thinking they were poisonous !! but fear not they are perfectly safe to eat ,They are a meaty mushroom that holds their texture well when cooked. Unlike many mushrooms, I find they suit cooking in olive oil. They go great under the grill with a bit of salt and lemon our kids eat them like chips , Traditionally In Europe they are grilled on coals with lemon juice, garlic and parsley, a truly delicious combination. Kids love them either grilled on the barbecued.
Wear gumboots and pants in some areas and there are wild raspberry bushes which can get caught on your shoes or pants.
Always bring a knife or a small pocketknife and cut the stems.
Make sure to take a basket to place them in as they bruise easily.
Walk slowly looking around with a stick moving and looking under the pine needles as you walk.
Generally if you see a mound of dark pine needles using your hands push the pine needles away gently and there will usually be mushroom underneath.
When you find one always look around as they usually grow along side other.
Preparation: Discard stems and wash to remove dirt. Availability: Summer to autumn, after warm sunny days and good rain.
WHERE Pine plantations Telegraph Road and Basalt road Daylesford Vic
Warning and Disclaimer Some mushrooms are poisonous. You do not want to end up in hospital due to mis-identification. So we strongly advised that you seek out experienced mushroom pickers and obtain in field guidance.
Poisonous Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushroom
Their are many toxic mushrooms out there and take no responsibility as the photos and information on our page may not be enough for a beginner to make the right choice when foraging for mushrooms. Remember, if you're not confident, there are plenty of qualified professionals conducting mushroom tours in Victoria.
Ingredients 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1/3 cup light milk or cream 25g butter, chopped Toasted crusty bread sliced radishes Pine Mushrooms Avocado chopped chives to serve
Method Place eggs and milk in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk until frothy. Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Pour eggs into pan. Stir gently with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes or until eggs are just set ,Remove pan from heat. Mushrooms can be pan fried or grilled with a bit of salt and butter. Serve on toasted crusty bread and desired toppings example chives, mushrooms and radishes.
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