Mushroom hunting is pretty low tech, but there are a few cool tools you can bring along to make your expedition easier and more efficient.
Obviously, you wouldn't wander out into the woods without good walking shoes, a water bottle, sunscreen, and foul-weather clothes, but here are a few items you might not have considered.
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For years I used my Swiss Army Knife (thanks, Dad!) for mushrooms, but now I carry an Opinel mushroom knife. The brush on one end is perfect for cleaning soil from your harvest and the curved blade lets you easily carve away the smallest amount of soiled mushroom stipe, preserving as much delicious mushroom flesh as possible.
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Small paper bags not only keep your different mushroom species separate but also offer some protection from crushing. Additionally, paper allows the mushrooms to breathe. Fungus wrapped in plastic bags may quickly turn to mush. In a pinch, you can roll your mushrooms in sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper, then twist the ends to hold them in place.
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There are many excellent volumes on mushrooms, but when you're out in the field, it's a good idea to have a small, pocket guide to refer to. It helps with identification and also offers information on edibility. Why waste precious space in your backpack on a mushroom you know isn't delicious?
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