Searching and collecting mushrooms in the rich and wild nature of Grevena is a unique experience for the whole family, combining knowledge, recreation and physical activity. For those who are “mushroom connoisseurs”, recording, photographing and identifying the hundreds of species of mushrooms in the area, offers additional intense emotions.
Get up early in the morning, dress warmly and in waterproof shoes – to be prepared for any eventuality this season – and set off on your walk in the forest, looking for and identifying the mushrooms that will fill your basket. Remember that each area, a different habitat essentially, has its own species of mushrooms. You can follow the easy and passable route to the peripheral pine forest Alsos Theodoridis, east of the city of Grevena, where you will find many species of mushrooms, especially in autumn and spring. If you still have an appetite for … high peaks, follow the path that starts from the village of Ziakas (20 km southwest of Grevena) and reaches the top of Mount Orliakas (altitude 1,464 m), crossing rich forests of fir, pine, oak, beech, willow, poplar and maple trees.
There are also Alternative Tourism Offices in town, which organise mushroom tours to Valia Kalda or Mount Orliakas, accompanied by experts who provide information to participants. Sometimes the activities are accompanied by a rich mushroom degustation in the magnificent nature of the area.
Get informed and get started
In the hotels and guesthouses of the area you will find information leaflets, while in bookstores and businesses that sell standard mushroom products, you will find the books – guides of George Konstantinidis, which will help you distinguish the species, filling your basket with those that will offer you unique culinary delights.
“The only rule that generally applies to mushroom picking is the one that says: only pick for food those species whose specific characteristics we know with absolute certainty. The slightest doubt is grounds for rejecting them. Knowledge of the particular characteristics, experience and careful observation are the only guarantees for the safe identification of a species”, says Konstantinidis in his book “Mushrooms –a pocket guide”. Information about the species can also be found on the website of the Friends of Mushrooms of Greece (www.mycohellas.gr)