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 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.




Any of the baskets shown below would be fine for mushrooming.

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Buff Willow Wicker Basket

This Strong Buff Willow basket might just be ideal for mushrooming. Plenty of space to hold a decent “catch” but not too deep.

Size Approx 15″ x 11 x 7.5″ Size Approx 37cm x 29cm x 19cm All sizes are external (excluding handle) and, as the baskets are handmade, the sizes may vary slightly. Mushroom Diary - mushrooming in south west Brittany, France

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Country Basket

This Full Buff Willow measures 16″x12″x9.5″ (with handle 16″)

Slightly larger than the first basket and the rectangular shape may allow it to sit better in the boot of a car. Mushroom Diary - mushrooming in south west Brittany, France

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Willow Basket

This basket is slightly shallower that the first two and might be perfect for the more delicate mushrooms. It would hold a massive amount of Girolles!

Size 4.Approx Length Between 15″ to 16″ Width Between 11″ to 12″ Depth Between 7.5″to 8″ Size 4.Approx Length Between 38cm to 41cm Width Between 28cm to 30cm” Depth Between 19 cm to 20cm – All dimensions are approximate and exclude the height of the handle. As the baskets are hand made the sizes might vary slightly. Mushroom Diary - mushrooming in south west Brittany, France

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Wicker Basket

A nice wicker basket for mushrooming. Not too large so the mushrooms won’t get squashed or roll about too much.

Dimensions: H20cm L40cm W32cm – Sizes quoted are measured from the outside of each basket and do not include handles Mushroom Diary - mushrooming in south west Brittany, France

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Wicker Basket

This Natural wicker colour basket might do the trick rather nicely?

Size: 47 x 36 x 49cm Mushroom Diary - mushrooming in south west Brittany, France

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Deep Wicker Basket

This large and deep basket is for the optimist! Size 36 x 26 x 24/35H

Hand Crafted, Beautiful basket – sturdy and robust… Quality Item Mushroom Diary - mushrooming in south west Brittany, France

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A mushrooming basket mustn’t be too deep or the mushrooms at the bottom may get squashed. Then again, it must be big enough to hold everything you find.

If it is too large, the mushrooms may roll around and get damaged.

Some people prefer Trug shaped baskets…

I’ve always got one to hand. Very useful to keep in the car; just in case the urge to go mushrooming overcomes you…

You’d be surprised how often I get overcome by the urge!

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A Wicker Trug Basket

A nice trug basket that would be fine for short mushroom forays or to keep in the car, just in case….

Dimensions: H26 x W34 x D26cm. Mushroom Diary - mushrooming in south west Brittany, France

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Large Rustic Trug

This large rustic trug might just be the solution? Not too deep but big enough to hold a decent amount of mushrooms – looks strong, too.

SSizes: 16cm H x 55cm L x 34cm W – Sizes quoted are measured from the outside of each basket and do not include handles. Mushroom Diary - mushrooming in south west Brittany, France

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There is an argument to say that your mushrooming basket should have a lid on it.

I’m not 100% convinced but any of the three baskets below would make ideal mushrooming baskets.

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Large Wicker Basket

This would be perfect for Cep season! Fill it and and keep the precious bounty dry!

Large traditional wicker basket with lids….. Size 51 cm X 35 x 32 H/46H. Mushroom Diary - mushrooming in south west Brittany, France

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Wicker Basket in Traditional Weave

Yes – you could get ten tonnes of Ceps in here! Perhaps I exaggerate slightly?

Lovely traditional basket with white cotton liner and lids. Size 44 x 35 x 20/34H. Mushroom Diary - mushrooming in south west Brittany, France

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Large Basket with Lids

Another large basket!

Material: wicker/cotton – Size: 42 cm x 30 cm x 42 cm Mushroom Diary - mushrooming in south west Brittany, France

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One Response to “Mushrooming Baskets”

  1. Marilyn Says:

    You must really love mushrooms. I saw some black ones at Auchan yesterday. They looked like they’d already been cooked, eaten and had gone the way of all eaten food. They were very expensive. I did not buy any because I’m not into cooking …not currently.

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