Porcini (Boletus edulis) pushing through pine needles in the Western Cape
Well, spring has come and gone and we’re solidly into summer now. The high-pressure cell has settled further south and with it, we’re getting battered by the south easter in Cape Town. Unfortunately not the best weather for foraging mushrooms with reduced humidity, dryness, and heat. November would normally would be the time to look […]
Winter decided to go out with a bit of a bang, throwing a cut-off low-pressure system that dumped an abnormal amount of rain over much of the Western Cape in a short amount of time.
Spring is here and that means it’s Morel season!
Recent cold fronts and snow on the mountains in the Western Cape will have brought out wood blewits (Clitocybe nuda). Unfortunately, the cold weather isn’t particularly suited to foraging other mushrooms until spring arrives, bringing morels, porcini, and more! Read our detailed tips on wood blewits in our August 2022 Foraging Tips. Look out for […]
Wow. Well, June was a washout! A fantastic month of rain normally means great things for mushrooms. But too much rain can also be a problem, especially in areas that were flooded. Mycelial networks that were damaged by floods will probably take some time to recover. A walk through the Cape Town forests recently didn’t […]
Winter has certainly arrived in the Western Cape, with the last week of May being very wet and cold. The rains this year have been excellent, and with excellent rain comes excellent mushroom foraging! The colder temperatures bring the possibility of finding the elusive and beautiful Wood Blewitt (Clitocybe nuda). These violet-coloured mushrooms are a […]
As Autumn winds down and winter makes its presence felt in the Cape, there comes a change in the mushrooms that are found and foraged. May is a wonderful time of the year with plenty of opportunities to improve your knowledge of the identification and edibility of various species.
Spring is in the air and Morel season is coming to an end. As the days and especially the nights get hotter, the likelihood of Spring Kings popping up increases. King Bolete is another name for Porcini (Boletus edulis) and this is the time of year when conditions are often ideal for these delicious mushrooms […]
Our mushroom foraging tips apply to the Cape Town area and other parts of the Western Cape such as George and surrounding areas. They do not necessarily apply to the rest of South Africa. It’s the start of spring, and Morel season is getting into full swing as temperatures start to warm up. Morels are […]