Now is the time to go mushroom hunting. But if you are not sure which ones are edible and which ones make you go all funny (or worse) - grab a friend who knows! There is a place and time for experimenting - this is not one of them!
This is what you are looking for.
See the humps? You can bet your mushroom knife that there are pine mushrooms hidden underneath.
Peek-a-boo!Remove the (sometimes very thick) layer of pine needles.
Cut the stem close to the ground, brush off the worst of the dirt with a pastry brush. Trust me! It is worth doing it right now! When you get home, you will be very grateful that you have cleaned off the worst of the dirt. All you then need to do is wipe the caps with a damp cloth, if there is still some soil, etc. left on them. Place the mushrooms in a basket or paper bag - plastic bags are not good.
These pine mushrooms have a fantastic, firm texture. So you don't need a lot of them to make a good meal. They won't shrink when cooked. Recipe ideas to follow soon.