Having been bitten by the mushroom bug, we went and had a look around the area whether we too could find some edible mushies.
We could not believe our eyes! There was a cluster, and there, and then we discovered an even more amazing fact. These mounds on the slope, were not just ordinary mounds - they were mushroom hide-outs. Scrape off a thick layer of pine needles and you unearth a big cluster of the best Saffron Milk Caps imaginable.
These were some of the visible ones.Anyway, we went totally overboard and within 20 minutes our baskets were overflowing. 9.5 kilos of Caps!The cleaning took more than 4 hours! What a chore! If they were cleaned as quickly as they were picked ....
Quite a few of them were vacuum sealed, fresh, either sliced or whole. Ready for the freezer.
Some of them I sliced and sautéed in butter and portioned into containers to stow in the freezer, too.
The rest were either sliced or, the smaller ones, left whole to dry.
What fun! What absolutely incredible fun!