Mushrooms are fruiting bodies that develop in order to efficiently distribute the spores or reproductive structures of the fungus. Mushrooms can be used in various ways, they can be eaten and are a great food , their medicinal properties can be used, etc. But, keep in mind that not all of them are beneficial, on the contrary there are many poisonous that could harm you.
Mushrooms are important in ecosystems, since they intervene in the decomposition process, they are also an important part of the bioremediation of contaminated places.
If you like wild mushrooms , in Spain there is a season where they are abundant in forests and areas that have the right conditions for their development. If you want to know what time it is and when it is recommended to go out and look for them, keep reading.
In what month does the mushroom season begin?
It is possible to find mushrooms available throughout the year , but when we refer to the mushroom season in Spain we are talking about autumn . This is true for wild mushrooms , as cultivated mushrooms can be available at any time of the year. An exception to this statement can be seen for the morel, which grows in spring.
If you are one of the people who like to harvest, you should know when the onions are harvested .
When can I go out looking for mushrooms?
If you want to harvest edible mushrooms, you should go to the woods in autumn . A few days after the rains start you will be able to see them sprout. A couple of storms, or even a strong one, give rise to the development of the boletus in less than 15 days.
Depending on the species and the microclimate of the habitat that you have nearby, these days will vary. For example, chanterelles require that the ground be moistened numerous times, so after 30 days after the first storm you will be able to find them easily . In the event that there are rains in July and that they are repeated in August, it will be easy for you to see mushrooms of this type during the second half of September.
Mushrooms are generally found at the base of trees , but others are available in decaying wood.
The most sought after wild mushrooms during this season are matsutakes, golden chanterelles and boletes. If you are interested in morels, you should know these should be sought during the spring.
Before embarking on your mission in the forest to search for mushrooms, you must inform yourself about what you are going to look for. You should not forget that some mushrooms are poisonous and to help you with that identification you can locate some mycological societies that organize walks in search of mushrooms, which are frequent in autumn and spring. You can also look for a mushroom identification book and remember that many times it is necessary to apply for a permit to collect certain species of mushrooms.