“If you do not know, do not take it”: where and which mushrooms can be collected in the Samara area

The mushroom season began in the Samara region

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The Samara region is famous for its extensive forests, where more than two hundred species of various edible mushrooms, berries and herbs grow. Lovers of “quiet hunting” know exactly when and where you can pick up a whole basket of delicious delicacies. The 2022 mushroom season has already begun in the area. By the end of May, the season of spring morels is over and now the mass collections of butter, boletus and boletus have begun. The KP-Samaras journalist talked to a local mushroom picker and found out what one can find in the forests of the province.

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Mushrooms

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Mushrooms

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Samara resident Anastasia Shabarina (Ovchinnikova) has been picking mushrooms for six years. She learned to understand them on her own, studying various sources and seeking advice from more experienced companions.

Mushrooms from the Samara region: Dubovik

Mushrooms from the Samara region: Dubovik

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– I often go to the forest at the first opportunity. I always have a knife and a basket in my car. I like to wander in the forest, pick mushrooms and enjoy the fresh air and nature. “Usually I come for mushrooms all alone to fully immerse myself in the process”, says our interlocutor.

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Umbrella

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Umbrella

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Anastasia collects mushrooms in different parts of the area, so she knows well where and what species can be found most often. There is a legend among the locals that the most “mushroom bites” are on the border with the Ulyanovsk region, but many experienced mushroom collectors say that this is a very controversial view.

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Honey mushrooms

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Honey mushrooms

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– It all depends on the season, of course. In Ulyanovsk, porcini mushrooms are huge, while others can be found in our area, – he says.

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Honey mushrooms

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Honey mushrooms

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According to an experienced lover of “quiet hunting”, the mushroom varieties do not differ much depending on the region. However, somewhere some types can go in bulk, but somewhere in pieces.

Mushrooms from the Samara region: HOA

Mushrooms from the Samara region: HOA

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– I came across white mushrooms only in the village of Uzyukovo, in the Stavropol region and in the area of ​​Chapaevsk, some pieces were caught in Malaya Malyshevka near Kinel, – Anastasia shared secret information.

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Black mushroom

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Black mushroom

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The forest in Malaya Malyshevka, perhaps, can be called one of the most popular mushroom places in the Samara region. The Spiridonovsky forest is famous for its abundance of mushrooms and berries, and you can reach it by car or even by bus. The second most popular place is the Shiryaevsky forest on the right bank of the Volga. Mushroom pickers often go to the Shigonsky area during the season, where you can pick your favorite honey mushrooms, boletus and champignons. Experienced mushroom pickers call the best forest near the village of Borskoe. In a huge pine forest, you can find whole cupboards with oil, russula and other delicious mushrooms.

Mushrooms from the Samara region: Semi-white

Mushrooms from the Samara region: Semi-white

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It should be noted that mushrooms can be found not only far from the city, but also in the territory of Samara. For example, many mushroom pickers go to the forest near the village of Mekhzavod, where you can pick mushrooms, and not far from the village Upravlenchesky, there is a generous birch grove with forest wealth.

Mushrooms from the Samara region: Oysters

Mushrooms from the Samara region: Oysters

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Anastasia strongly recommends that you go to the forest for mushrooms only well prepared. Despite the abundance of different species of plants and fungi, they can pose dangers to humans. The girl gave important tips to novice mushroom collectors – do not take unknown mushrooms and do not eat them under any circumstances.

Mushrooms from the Samara region: Boletus

Mushrooms from the Samara region: Boletus

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– Mushroom pickers have a rule: if you do not know, do not take it. There are now many open sources and even applications on the phone where you can identify what kind of mushroom is in front of you. Before going to the forest, it is recommended to get acquainted with the main types of edible mushrooms to identify them accurately in the first meeting, Anastasia Shabarina (Ovchinnikova) gave advice.

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Maslyata

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Maslyata

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If you are going to the forest, it is important to remember safety. Therefore, you should only go to the forest with a charged phone. If possible, download an online browser. Also, you should not walk alone in the forest, especially if you are coming there for the first time, there is a high chance of getting lost. “KP-Samara” unreservedly advises the residents of the area to be careful when entering the forest. We wish all lovers of “gribalka” an excellent “catch” of mushrooms.

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Morels

Mushrooms of the Samara region: Morels

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