Saturday, September 12, 2015

PTown's Wild Mushroom Season Begins

This visitor from New York gathers Provincetown mushrooms with her family.
'Tis the season for gathering the wild mushrooms found on the outskirts of Provincetown, near Beach Forest, and on the edges of the sand dunes.
People can be found carrying buckets, bags and baskets along the sides of Province Lands Road and in other spots out in the Cape Cod National Seashore, looking for these treasures that may be in short supply this year. I haven't spotted more than one or two mushrooms myself, but I haven't  had the chance to talk with anyone who's been out gathering these delectable morsels yet this year.
Of course, you have to make sure you know the edible ones from the poisonous ones if you intend to go out picking them. You can find out about identifying them by reading my Gathering Provincetown's Wild Mushrooms post from last season. It contains links to great resources to help you hunt safely for these delicious treasures.
 "X" marks just a few of the spots where mushrooms have been found out in the
Province Lands, northwest of the center of Provincetown. Click map to enlarge.
An "X" on this map shows a spot where mushrooms have been found, but, of course, there are no guarantees.
These are certainly not the only spots to look for mushrooms, either. A family of three was seen out walking on the edge of Province Lands Road on Wednesday, each carrying an identical bucket filled nearly to the top with good-sized mushrooms.
If you go out foraging, be sure to cut your mushrooms off at the bottom of the stem rather than pulling them out of the ground. That way the remaining bit of the stalk can grow more mushrooms for someone else to find later on. Happy hunting!

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