Tasmanian Mushrooms: A Foraging Feature by Bronek Burza

TamBronek Burza with a group of Cortinarius archeri mushrooms in Tasmania, Australia.

A Political Refugee-Turned Tasmanian Mushroom Forager

Favorite Photos of Tasmanian Mushrooms (And Some Polish Ones, Too)

Cortinarius archeri - Tasmanian Mushrooms
I found this Cortinarius archeri at Mt Wellington National Park in Hobart, Tasmania. Cortinarius is the most common fungi genus in the world. Like many Cortinarius fungi, these are poisonous. Many people do not believe that fungi could have such an intense purple colour. I have been accused of photoshopping these photos (and I don’t even have Photoshop).
Cortinarius archeri 2 - Tasmanian Mushrooms
I found this second example of Cortinarius archeri in the same spot as the previous, exactly 1 year apart.
Lactarius delicious
 - Tasmanian Mushrooms
This Lactarius delicious is a relatively common wild edible mushroom in Tasmania. In Poland, my home country, it is one of the most prized wild mushrooms. This mushroom type was introduced to Tasmania with the importation of pine trees. I found this specimen in a pine plantation. These mushrooms are very tasty. I know many great recipes for cooking them but the best is just to barbecue them with a little salt.
Mycena interrupta - Tasmanian mushrooms
I found these Mycena interrupta (also known as Pixie parasols) at Philosopher Falls in North-West Tasmania. These small blue mushrooms typically have a cap of only 5 to 8 mm in diameter.
Pixie parasol - Tasmanian mushrooms
This is another example of Mycena interrupta which I found at Mt. Wellington in Hobart, Tasmania. The Pixie parasol, as these are also known, is considered by many as the fungi symbol of Tasmania.
Cyttaria gunnii - Tasmanian mushrooms
I found these Cyttaria gunnii (commonly known as the myrtle orange), in Southern Tasmania. It is an edible ascomycete fungus endemic to the Southern Hemisphere. These mushrooms are most common in Australia, but can also be found in New Zealand and South American countries like Chile. It is a specific parasite of myrtle beech trees. It was traditional Aboriginal food. I’ve tried it but I wasn’t impressed — they are a bit tasteless.
Lion's Mane - Tasmanian mushrooms
I located this beautiful specimen of Hericium Erinaceus (Lion’s Mane mushroom) along the Duck Hole Lake Trail in Southern Tasmania. I believe that it is one of the most beneficial fungi for human health, based on the literature I have read about its brain-protective properties. I know a couple of Lion’s mane fungi growers in Tasmania, so I often buy this mushroom fresh for cooking. They are delicious.
Turkey Tail - Tasmanian mushrooms
I found this Trametes versicolor (Turkey tail) in a friend’s blueberry orchard in Tasmania. This fungi has some of the most scientific literature supporting its potential health benefits, especially concerning strengthening the immune system. Learning about this fungi prompted my friend to put some in blueberry tea. It is common in the Tasmanian bush, I find it often.
Rubroboletus satanas
 - Polish mushrooms
This is one of the prized mushrooms I found while foraging in South-central Poland. It is a poisonous fungi and there are many myths and legends associated with it. It is rare and in Poland it’s on a strictly protective list — they grow in only 4 or 5 locations in the country. Every fungi photographer dreams to find them. I was lucky to know people who knew where to locate them. They are very photogenic indeed.
Boletus edulis (Porcini) - Polish Mushrooms
I found this Boletus edulis (porcini) mushroom behind a friend’s holiday house in the Polish Tatra mountains. This is the most sought after fungi in many European countries. The foraging for porcini in August and September is a yearly national sport in Poland. I cannot imagine a Christmas in Poland without many porcini-based dishes. This is truly the king of the Polish forest.

Polish and Tasmanian Mushrooms: Fungi for Food & Photos

Favorite Edible and Medicinal Fungi

Tasmanian mushroom forager - Bronek Burza



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Real Mushrooms is driven by the desire to deliver the best possible medicinal mushrooms extracts in their purest form, without any carriers or grain fillers.