Mushroom knife – this ingenious knife combines a specially shaped blade for harvesting mushrooms, together with a fold away brush to clean your harvest. Makes a great and unusual present.
All packaging contains clear statement concerning the picking and eating of wild mushrooms
Stainless steel bladed mushroom knife with hardwood handle.
A large number of mushroom species are favored for eating by mushroom hunters. The king bolete is a popular delicacy. Sulphur shelf (also known as chicken mushroom and chicken of the woods) is often gathered because it occurs in bulk, recurs year after year, is easily identified, and has a wide variety of culinary uses. Pine mushrooms, chanterelles, morels, oyster mushrooms, puffballs and polypores are among the most popular types of mushrooms to gather, most of these being fairly simple to properly identify by anyone with practice. Much more care, education, and experience is typically required to make a positive identification of many species, however, and as such, few collect from more dangerous groups, such as Amanita, which include some of the most toxic mushrooms in existence.
Many field guides on mushrooms are available, but the ability to identify and prepare edible mushrooms is often passed down through generations, especially in the Slavic countries.
Identification is not the only element of mushroom hunting that takes practice; knowing where and when to search does as well. Most mushroom species require very specific conditions. Some only grow at the base of a certain type of tree, for example. Finding a desired species that is known to grow in a certain region can be a challenge.
- That only positively identified mushrooms should be eaten
- That mushrooms be identified a second time during preparation and to cook them unless it can be verified that the species can be eaten raw
- That mushroom types not be combined
- That a sample of any mushroom not well-experienced with be retained for analysis in case of poisoning
- Familiarity with information about deadly mushrooms that are look-alikes of edible ones, as “deadly twins” differ regionally.
- Not gathering mushrooms that are difficult to identify. This applies especially to the mushrooms of the genus Amanita and Cortinarius and “little brown mushrooms”.