:: Mushroom Hunting Pics!

November 10, 2009 at 8:00 am 10 comments

A few weeks ago, myself and the lovely Aoife decided to head to Powerscourt waterfall to take part in Slow Food Ireland’s mushroom hunt. It was my very first mushroom hunt and to be honest I didn’t really know what to expect.

The whole thing kicked off in the middle of a quiet field where all the participants had parked the cars. We were given a brief talk by a mushroom expert about what to look for, edible and poisonous. After being warned that mushroom hunting was even more dangerous than most extreme sports, we left in groups quite ominously not knowing who would return!

We paired up with some lovely ladies who were fairly new to the slow food movement like ourselves, and our hunt quickly became less about extreme sports and deadly ingredients and more about getting to know each other. After lots of chatting we realised we hadn’t actually found ANY mushrooms! Then there was talk about heading down to the local shop to pick up a few if we were stuck as we couldn’t return empty handed!

Luckily we didn’t have to resort to that and the competitive streak really came out when we met fellow hunters who had baskets full of strange and interesting mushrooms! We began to look a little harder and it was a case of once you saw one you saw hundreds. After a lot of talk over which varieties we should pick, we decided to pick them all and let the expert decide!

It was quite funny to notice passer by’s reaction to us bending down and inspecting these little mushrooms. Almost everyone we passed wanted to take a peak into the baskets and look very worried when we told them we were planning to eat them!

We headed back to the field where the organisers had setup a little picnic and were serving mushrooms soup and cooking up some of the mushrooms which had been picked. Everyone had brought there own dish for a cold buffet and there was a great selection of different dishes, someone even brought along a basket of delicious apples picked from their garden!

Overall it was a lovely experience, but after eating the mushrooms that were cooked after we had picked them I felt slightly unnerved with the knowledge that had any mistakes been made, I could be making a swift visit to the hospital! Hope you enjoy the photos!

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nina Timm  |  November 10, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Oh my gosh, these pictures are works of art!!!! You are a genius!!

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  • 2. Nina Timm  |  November 10, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Oh my gosh, these pictures are works of art!!!! You are a genius!!

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  • 3. Ellie  |  November 10, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I just came back from the Ritz at Powerscourt Ireland. We absolutely loved the scenery and the people!Your photos are incredible…brought back many warm memories. Lovely blog as well. Cheers…

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  • 4. Emma  |  November 10, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Glad to see you survived the mushroom hunt! I'll bet the mushrooms were delicious, although I would've been too scared to eat any.

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  • 5. Anonymous  |  November 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Those look great! Where any of the mushrooms you picked poisonous?

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  • 6. Miriam  |  November 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Lovely photos, as usual!

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  • 7. Vick  |  November 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I'd luv to go mushroom picking, but haven't spotted any this year, we normally have them in the fields around our house. must get the wellies on and head out at the wkend!

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  • 8. Virginie M.  |  November 11, 2009 at 2:14 am

    What beautiful pictures!

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  • 9. Donal  |  November 11, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Nina- Thanks a mill- glad you like them- there were part of my first outing with my new camera! 🙂

    Ellie- It's a beautiful place- it was actually my first time to go there!

    Emma- I know I'm still kicking! They were very tasty but defo a little daunting!

    Anon- yeah I think there were a few!

    Miriam- Thanks a mill- first outing with new camera so happy they worked out!

    Vick- Make sure you get the advice of an expert- its dangerous biz! 🙂

    Virginie- Thanks! 🙂

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  • 10. John  |  November 13, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Really lovely photos

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