Mushroom Hunting – The Best Summer Activity In Poland!

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Mushroom Hunting – The Best Summer Activity In Poland!

Have you ever heard of a mushroom hunting? In Poland, it is called ‘grzybobranie‘ and it is one of the most popular things to do for families in the summer, especially in the countryside.

When I was a kid, I was picking mushrooms in the forest almost every week. It was a way to spend time with my parents and brother during the weekends. In this post, I will tell you a little bit more about mushroom hunting in Poland.

About Mushroom Hunting in Poland

In Poland and many other European countries, people go to forest on July, August and September only to pick mushrooms. Many traditional Polish dishes include mushrooms, here are some examples:

  • grzybowa (mushroom soup)
  • żurek
  • pierogi with cabbage and mushrooms
  • sos grzybowy (mushroom sauce that can be added to meat)
  • pickled mushrooms
  • bigos

When you are picking mushrooms in Poland, you don’t necessarily need to eat them right away. Most people dry them and use in December to prepare traditional Polish Christmas dishes. 

Poles are crazy about mushrooms. There are many people who make money on this. They wake up every morning about 4 or 5 AM and go to forest before other people will do the same.

Then they are standing next to the road and sell all these mushrooms to the drivers. It is quite a good business for people who need money. New mushrooms usually appear every day. And those who are hunting everyday know how to find them fast.

Mushroom hunting is not so easy… You need to know exactly what to take. Some mushrooms are toxic and eating them can kill you.

But the rule of this hunting is simple: pick only mushrooms with sponge under the hat. The others are usually poisonous and you may even die after eating a little bit of them. Most poisonous mushrooms are very sweet which is very confusing.

The Most Popular Polish Mushrooms

Leccinum, Kozak

Xerocomus, Podgrzybek

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8 COMMENTS

  1. It's interesting to read this. I'm from the South of Italy and we do exactly the same thing but more during the autumn season. I used to go hunting for wild mushrooms with my dad when I was a kid and loved it 🙂

  2. Hello Karolina Patryk!
    Very interesting read! All types of edible mushrooms contain varying degrees of protein and fibre. They also contain B vitamins as well as a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues. That’s why, I love mushroom. Thanks for sharing this great info!

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