Watch out for the red ones!
The art of mushroom picking
In late summer and autumn, the forest becomes a playground for those who love to collect mushrooms.
Why are people moving quickly through the forest with a cotton bag in their hands? Simple: They’re looking for edible, tasty mushrooms to serve for dinner. Here in Ötztal, we have a great variety of mushrooms that can be found in the surroundings of our Hotel Post. Here are our favourites:
- Boletus edulis (also known as penny-bun bolete or porcino), “Steinpilz” in German. It is frequently found at the edges of clearings in broad-leaved and coniferous forests. It has got a white body and a brown, slightly greasy cap. It’s very safe to collect this mushroom because none of its close lookalikes is poisonous. Delicious with rice.
- Chanterelle mushroom, “Eierschwammerl” in German. Very common in traditional Tyrolean cuisine. These mushrooms can be easily confused with toxic ones. Make sure they have rounded, forked folds underneath the cap.
We recommend that you do some research before collecting them, both on how to pick them, when, and where.
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