Mandatory mushroom/foraging note: There are many deadly mushrooms and plants out there- many varieties can be difficult to identify. If you go foraging, always forage with an expert and never EVER eat mushrooms or other plants if you are not 110% sure that they are safe.
Merry meet to all!
The Green Witch in me always loves to see the beautiful pictures of everyone’s flowers, herbs, and excursions in nature . And I remember how much I especially loved seeing pictures of nature when I was living in the city and stuck there during the lockdowns last year.
So for anyone who doesn’t have access to the woods (or fellow Green Witches who love to see nature pics)- here are some pictures for you!
The woods of the Polish countryside
We headed out into the woods behind my partner’s family home early- just as the sun was rising .
This is the coolest time of day to go foraging, and the woods are truly ethereal in their beauty
A forest path through the rising sunlight
We were on the hunt for little wild blueberries (called jagody in Polish) that are flourishing this time of year, as well as for local mushrooms
Poland absolutely loves foraging for mushrooms- some even call mushroom hunting the “national sport of Poland” It’s a long standing tradition here, and for anyone interested about the long story as to why its so popular I recommend the article Why Are Poles So Obsessed With Mushroom Picking? with some history and local mushroom tips
Wild Polish blueberries and forest mushrooms
We found a TON of wild blueberries- for folks in New England, jagody here are basically the same as wild Maine blueberries. They are loaded with flavor!
We also found a lot of mushrooms . My partner’s family has been living on this land for generations- that is to say that knowledge about local mushrooms varieties has been passed down over the years and they know this land and the flora and fauna on it extremely well.
I, however, know next to nothing about mushroom hunting- and thus about 90% of the mushrooms I spotted were not brought home with us I will most definitely not be going foraging on my own anytime soon!
Pierogi filled with woodland blueberries and topped with yogurt and sugar- delicious!
We made a mushroom sauce for potatoes and meat with the mushrooms (gobbled up too fast for me to take a picture! ) and my partner’s mom made blueberry filled pierogi with the blueberries
Have you ever gone foraging in the woods- for mushrooms, berries, or other plants? If not, would you like to go someday?
Sending lots of love from the woods and fields of the Polish countryside!