Where is one of the best locations in Kirov region to gather mushrooms? None other than forests surrounding STC "Great Field" is the answer. The forests surrounding our Complex are classified as "wet forests" and have the benefit of natural conditions that promote superb mushroom growth. Adequate amounts of rainfall coupled with warm weather and dense forests combine to make these places a mecca for those who seek the most delicious mushroom species that have been identified in Kirov region.
So where does one find these culinary delights? The very tasty milk mushrooms are abundant during the spring, usually May and often into June, and can be found in the forest, near streams, in orchards, on disturbed ground and particularly in burned areas. In the fall, milk cap mushrooms make their appearance. They are found mostly around conifer trees and at the edges of pastures or meadows. If you find one milk cap mushroom, keep looking for more in the immediate vicinity. They often tend to hide just under the forest floor (properly referred to as the 'duff' by the knowledgeable mushroom hunter). Both the white and golden colored milk cap mushrooms grow in these places.
Now that you've found what appears to be a delectable mushroom, should you eat it? Unless you are qualified as an expert in mushroom identification, the answer is a loud and unequivocal "NO"!! Do not eat any mushrooms until you have them positively identified by an expert. Do not guess which are edible and which are not.
Outstanding source of information for the beginner or experienced mushroom hunter is our Hunting and Fishing Club. It can not only provide invaluable information, but also offer the opportunity for membership. Beginners, as well as experienced fungi foray veterans are welcome to join. The cost is minimal and the rewards are lifelong friendships and an ever-increasing knowledge of the region's mycological delights.
Milk mushrooms and milk cap mushrooms are especially popular among mushroom hunters because of their delicious taste and aroma.
The photos of local mushrooms may be viewed here.
Good Luck & Good Hunting!