Tourism has developed so much in recent years that it has reached a level of specificity that can accommodate any traveler to provide the most unique experiences, considering all sorts of tastes to create unforgettable and even personalized moments. For those whose travel passions encompass both food and nature, mycological tourism has become an essential destination in the rainy season, since it’s at this time of the year when the edible fungi of the forests begin to appear in abundance.
What is mycological tourism?
Mainly, pulling on good boots, rolling up your shirt sleeves, and walking the long trails in search of these spontaneous wonders of nature. And save some of that energy for preparing them afterwards. There’s a lot to learn – from hunting for the edible varieties to cooking them according to local customs.
Important things to consider
- No one should go into the forest without a qualified guide. It can be dangerous, deadly, or in the best/worst cases, unintentionally mind-altering.
- You’ll have to wait for the rainy season (June-October), since the spores produced by the fungi require high levels of humidity to reproduce.
- The tools needed for collecting mushrooms are: a mushroom knife (these have a small brush to properly clean the mushrooms without damaging them), paper bags to store and classify them (plastic bags should be avoided, as they prevent the mushroom from breathing), and a proper guide to help you select the most delicious ones!
Done with the mushroom hunting but don’t know how to cook your mushrooms?
Here are a few recipes that will leave your mouth watering:
Now, are you ready for some adventure? Happy trails!