Working in a Department of Zoology means interacting with very enthusiastic people that love nature and being outside. I was lucky that I got to hitchhike on someone else’s adventure. Prof. Bill Amos loves mushroom hunting for both research and culinary purposes. Apart from the rather early start, the outings are very enjoyable! We must arrive before the “other pickers” get all the porcini (Boletus edulis)! Sometimes you collect nothing, but that makes it all the more exciting…otherwise, they wouldn’t call it hunting.
In our foraging, Bill identified several other edible species, that ended up in a taster plate. My favourites were the wood blewit (Clitocybe nuda) and the saffron milk cap (Lactarius deliciosus). I am now a little obsessed about becoming a mushroom hunter gatherer….but mushrooms apart, it feels amazing to be able to fit in a forest walk before work.