According to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the interest in mushroom picking has increased significantly in the past 30 years, but there are clouds on the mushroom horizon.
Sweden has over 5,500 kinds of mushrooms, but only about 100-200 are safe to eat. People in Sweden love to pick mushrooms like chanterelles and boletes in the forests.
Here's a fun fact: there are only about ten mushrooms that can make you really sick, but we have many more that are tasty!
However, there are concerns rising about deforestation's impact on these Earth treasures, there's a growing call to protect these natural habitats to ensure the survival of these marvelous fungi. So, when you go mushroom picking, remember to protect the forests too.
While the sun still shines and the weather allows it, explore the Swedish woods, enjoy the adventure, and maybe find some delicious mushrooms.
And if you do, cook them by frying them gently with butter and cream for 20 minutes.
Happy hunting! 🌲🍂🍄
by Viviana Levet/Riedia