This Catalonia region host an enormous diversity of species of fungi, which makes this area a prime spot for wild mushroom gathering, a paradise for mycology lovers. Come with us through different mycological habitats and discover:
- In spring, morels and fairy ring mushrooms rear their head;
- at the end of summer, the first mushrooms of mountain pine forests shoot up such as chanterelles, bloody milk caps and ceps;
- and in the midst of autumn, wax caps, Caesar’s mushrooms, grey knights, yellow foot, russula-like wax caps and black trumpets are found.
Mushrooms are also a wonderful excuse to walk in the countryside, through pine and oak forests, meadows and riverbanks and grasp the natural, cultural and culinary values of the territory.
This mycological experience are led by specialist who will help us understand their ecology, their role in the ecosystem, their cultural significance, traditional uses and culinary value. Our biologist will help you identify the edible from the poisonous ones, so you can cook and eat them safely on your meals.
What could be better than a dish of freshly picked wild mushrooms, gently but rapidly cooked in a combination of Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic and Parsley, which needs nothing more than a hunk of fresh bread and a glass of good wine?
And if we also show you to cook a good Spanish omelette (tortilla de patatas) with this sautéed mushroom, the dinner will be to lick your fingers.
You will learn to recognize fungi, mushrooms and the place where they live. We will learn how to harvest them without damaging the environment, where to find them, how to differentiate edible from poisonous or how to cook or preserve them. The participants will learn to:
- Identify the different species correctly in the field
- Differentiate the similar species and mainly of the toxic species.
We promote responsible mycological ecotourism that allows knowing and respecting this amazing natural value always within principles of good practice for conservation.
Afternoon/evening arrival. Reception and welcoming dinner.
10:00 Departure around the house to know the types of forest and its characteristic mushrooms.
13:30 Lunch in the countryside.
17:00 Return to Casa Leonardo. Free time.
7:30 pm Workshop to find out about the essential elements to go out to find mushrooms and learn how and where they live, as well as the seasonal calendar of the main mushrooms.
9:00 pm Dinner.
22:00 After-dinner mycological conversation. Review of the main species found throughout the day. Time to resolve doubts and exchange stories about the world of mushrooms.
10:00 Departure from the natural environment to learn about the edible mushrooms that have been used for food and / or gastronomic use.
13:30 Lunch in the countryside
17:00 Return to Casa Leonardo
Price Weekend: Fungi and mushrooms from the Catalan Pyrenees2 days and to nights
2 half boards in a double room
2 packed lunches, with lunch box and cloth napkin to minimise waste
Dossier with general information about the area, a list of the main species, areas visited, ...
2 guided walks by Evarist March from Naturalwalks
After trip botanic guidance from the identification of images
The price does not include
Drinks at meals and supplements beyond the organized and agreed meals offered.
The private vehicles of participants.
Rooms for 2 people with en-suite bathroom.
The itinerary can vary due to adverse weather conditions or other unexpected events. The itinerary has no technical difficulty, only the typical walking for natural spaces, so a person in good physical condition can participate.
Evarist March, a biologist and botanist, his passion is nature. He loves to loose himself teaching the uses of plants and mushrooms.
Maximum of 12 people. Limited places. Reservation through payment order.