This evening we went walking on Mount Kaukau and found some mushrooms. Although in New Zealand there isn’t much of a mushrooming culture here compared to Europe. In the past, foreigners have died as a result of poisonous mushrooms in NZ. So many local people just leave mushrooms well alone here, scared away by times when someone dies as a result of eating a poisonous one.
Many common species of mushroom in New Zealand that are edible look like poisonous mushrooms and vice versa. So it’s a bit tricky to find out which one is which. I think many mushrooms that are edible were introduced by Europeans. But I am not mushroom expert. So it’s all a bit worrying!
Information online about species and how they appear, feel and look in the flesh is hard to come by. Although I did manage to positively identify the mushrooms we found.
Suillus Granulatus. They grow everywhere on Kaukau in the forests there.
Although according to this British website, this type of mushroom although not poisonous, but is a bit boring on flavour. So I decided to give it a miss. Oh well…it was quite a nice adventure though. I met some nice people on the way who gave me advice on the mushrooms too. They basically scared the shit out of me telling me about how this person and that person died as a result of eating mushrooms off Mt Kaukau.
More info: NZ mushroom
For more info on this particular type of mushroom read the Spores Moulds and Fungi…FYI website restricted for viewing to those who are FUN GUYS.
If you do find mushrooms in New Zealand, your best bet before eating them is to consult with the series of posters above first or to ask Reddit or to get some advice from a mushroom expert before you snaffle them.