A couple of months ago on June 20th, with gumboots, scarves and warm jackets in tow, we climbed into our car for a drive towards Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula. After pre-booking 2 months in advance, the day had finally arrived for our Mushroom Tour at Moorooduc Estate. It was to be led by Cameron Russell, an enthused mushroom maestro, who would take us on an informative traipse through the laneways and valleys near Moorooduc Estate for some serious mushroom foraging. I was very excited, to say the least!
Psychedelic Psilocybe Cyanofriscosa, commonly known as Magic Mushrooms
Holding a delicately hued Lepista Nuda, commonly known as a Wood Blewit. It is delicious pan-fried with butter and parsley. Apparently they are quite hard to find at the moment, so we were lucky to stumble upon a few.
Tiny orange coral fungi
The only edible Slippery Jack mushroom found, with tiny, circular pores in the light yellow, spongey hymenium
Dates for tours with Cameron Russell next year are to be announced in February 2011, so get in quick if you want to score yourself a place. Visit the website for more details. Happy 'Shrooming! :-)