Mushrooms in the Moscow region: mini-Leccinum, mushrooms-Albino and something else • TimeVoyage - travels and real reviews

Mushrooms in the Moscow region: mini-Leccinum, mushrooms-Albinos and something else

Having escaped for a short time from the bustle of the city and the noise of the metropolis, we finally again arrived in the suburban forest, with the intention of picking mushrooms and, of course, just walking through the forest and breathing plenty of forest air, and, in combination, we can’t do without it, feed mosquitoes native blood.

It's good in the forest, silence and calm, and of all the outside sounds - only the crackling of dry twigs under our feet. Having gone a little deeper into the forest, we went to the path, or rather to the fire trench and went along it, because mushrooms like to grow on such paths.
And here is the first find.
It is generally rare for Leccinum to grow in a fire trench. Usually such places in our area are preferred by other mushrooms: Boletus, Suillus Luteus and Cantharellus Cibarius. But as you can see, there are exceptions to the rule.

A little away from the trench, we spotted another Leccinum. Hooray! A good start to the Silent Hunt. Immediately there was confidence that the day would be mushroom, and without mushrooms we would not return home.
Approaching him, it turned out that he was not alone there, but surrounded by a large family of similar mushrooms. But everyone else was much younger than him.
And some of them, just starting to crawl out of the ground, turned out to be so small that they were almost invisible even at close range, because. merged in color with the surroundings, for example, with old fallen leaves.
The legs of these mushrooms were completely underground, and the hats were just beginning to stick out the soil. We had to look for such mini-Leccinums, in the literal sense - by touch, carefully digging up the top layer of soil with our hands, just like sappers.
And that's what was found as a result of only one area of a few square meters.
But our mushroom hunt did not end there. More and more new mushrooms came across on our way, mostly young strong men, clean - not wormy.
As it usually happens at our mushrooming, messages constantly come to the phone. No - this is not spam, this is a daughter with global questions: What to wear, what to put on, and where is it? There is no way without mom)))

Mushrooms Albinos, Black and Red

We continue the path. And after a while we find a rare fungus - albino Leccinum. Unlike ordinary Leccinum, in albinos, the entire fruit of the mushroom is white - like a leg, like a hat.
Finding an albino mushroom, we don’t know about you, but it always causes more joyful emotions for us than for a mushroom of a standard color. Such mushrooms are very rare and not every year, and some mushroom pickers have never even come across such mushrooms.
What is the reason for this albinism? - To such a question, probably, there is an exact answer from mushroom pickers-mycologists who professionally study mushrooms. We can only say one thing, that according to our observations, where we have always collected ordinary Leccinum for years, exactly in the same place and exactly under the same trees, next year, for no reason, albinos of the same species of mushrooms may pop up.

And here are two more slender handsome men, but one of them is the usual Leccinum, and the second is chocolate-colored - Leccinum Black. This mushroom, in its black color, looks exactly the opposite of the color variant of the Leccinum Albino we found earlier.
The people call Leccinum Black in different ways: Black-headed, Leccinum harsh, Leccinum hard. The additional word "hard" in the name of the mushroom, I think, he got for the hard (harder than all other species) flesh.
But do not think that hardness is bad, on the contrary - it means that it is stronger, i.e. in terms of pulp hardness, this mushroom is closer to Boletus mushrooms, which makes it more valuable, because. it doesn't melt as much when cooked.
And transportation of Leccinum Black is much easier than ordinary Leccinum, which strives to break into two halves along the way or shamefully wrinkle even from its own weight.

Then we came across two more interesting mushrooms, one of them is again an albino Leccinum, but with some kind of wonderful pale pink tint,
and the second mushroom is its antipode - Leccinum Red, with a rich red color, in which not only the hat, but even the stem is colored. Mushroom is fire!

Well, the basket is full and there are enough mushrooms. It's time to go home.
In this story, it is not possible to show photographs of all the collected mushrooms separately, because we filmed more videos than photographs. Therefore, all the other mushrooms that we found that day, and the very process of our mushroom picking in this forest, with amazing moments of searching for Leccinum babies almost to the touch, you can see in our video below.

VIDEO: Picking mushrooms


The mushroom hunt was successful. We have found and collected wonderful "thoroughbred" mushrooms of excellent quality. Some of these mushrooms can hardly even be called Leccinum, they are more appropriately called Mini-Leccinum. They are so small that they can be rolled into jars entirely.

Happy mushroom hunting everyone!
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