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Mushrooming Baskets

Six years ago I bought myself a mushrooming basket. It wasn’t specifically a Mushrooming Basket but just one that I found, at a price I could afford, that I felt would do the job. I paid 15 euros for it and it was fine until last year when it started to fall apart. Time to [...]

Six years ago I bought myself a mushrooming basket. It wasn’t specifically a Mushrooming Basket but just one that I found, at a price I could afford, that I felt would do the job. I paid 15 euros for it and it was fine until last year when it started to fall apart.

Time to treat myself to a new one then…

There is a basket shop in Rochefort en Terre with all sorts of baskets at reasonable prices. The next nice day we have I may go there and have a good look round.

Luckily, at a Vide-Grenier (a French Garage Sale/Car Boot Sale) I managed to pick up a basket for 5 euros. It had been made by the father of the woman selling it.


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Mushrooming Knives

One of the very nice things about mushrooming as a hobby is the low cost of starting out. A basket, a knife, a few guidebooks – that’s about it. Of all these, perhaps it’s the knife that becomes the most personal of all. Part of the mushroom collector’s “code of honor” is to take the [...]

One of the very nice things about mushrooming as a hobby is the low cost of starting out. A basket, a knife, a few guidebooks – that’s about it.

Of all these, perhaps it’s the knife that becomes the most personal of all. Part of the mushroom collector’s “code of honor” is to take the mushroom without disturbing the delicate mycelium, the underground infrastructure of the mushroom.

In order to do this correctly the mushroom collector needs a knife with the right shaped blade. It is also helpful to have a brush to clean the dirt off the mushroom.


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Essential equipment

One of the great things about mushrooming is how little equipment you need. A basket, a knife, a few guidebooks – that’s about it – or is it? That makes mushrooming a great hobby compared to fishing for example. You can fully outfit yourself for less than the price of a half decent rod and [...]

One of the great things about mushrooming is how little equipment you need. A basket, a knife, a few guidebooks – that’s about it – or is it?

That makes mushrooming a great hobby compared to fishing for example. You can fully outfit yourself for less than the price of a half decent rod and reel.

Take a look at the things that I take with me when I go into the forest in the company of my friends, and the other things I carry when I am alone.


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