Alberta Campgrounds | Looking For Mushrooms
Among the many activities to enjoy in Alberta campgrounds. Something that many people may not think about. Is foraging for things. Including berries, and mushrooms.
There are literally dozens of mushrooms grown. Throughout Alberta campgrounds. And even in elevated experience camping. Located five minutes outside of the city of Drayton Valley in Alberta.
Many of these mushrooms are edible, and quite tasty. While some, are sought after. Because of their medicinal value. For example, chaga mushrooms not only taste amazing. But are used in skincare.
The way to prepare them, is to let them dry out completely. And then grind them into a fine powder. Many people love a child take, with this mushroom powder sprinkled in. To give it a full flavoured.
As well as reap the benefits, of the nutrients in this mushroom. As well, people create this powder. And then mix it with water. In order to wash their face. Not only is it a fantastic exfoliants.
But it leaves the face feeling a soft, smooth and moisturized. As well, the Ganoderma Apple natum mushroom, part of the ratio family of mushrooms. Is well-known for its medicinal benefits.
It is often found growing on, or near birch or maple trees. And usually found growing close to Hemlock. These mushrooms are praised, for all of the benefits. Such as reducing stress, enhancing the immune system.
Helping people get a more restful sleep. Lessening fatigue, and to lower high blood pressure. As well as lower high cholesterol. While it might seem like it is a miracle products. This is why many people.
Spend their time in elevated experience campground foraging. However, while finding mushrooms for medicinal and cosmetic uses. Is popular for some. Is even more popular to forage for mushrooms.
In order to eat them, because there are so many. Tasty mushrooms that can be found in Alberta campgrounds. Perhaps the most popular throughout the world. And can also be found in this area.
Is the saffron milk cap mushroom. Known for its yellow colour, and it is beautiful frills. While this is a popular mushroom, throughout the world. People can find many edible mushrooms. In this part of the world.
Including liens main mushrooms. That actually looked like growing heads of cauliflower. As well as ferry ring mushrooms, scaly hedgehog, shaggy mane. Slimy spike mushrooms, and coral tooth just to name a few.
In fact, one of the types of oyster mushrooms. That people can find growing on trees. Is deep pink colour. And tastes like bacon. Many vegans find this type of mushroom. For a unique flavoured in their cooking.
However, before anyone decides to head out into the forests of Alberta. In order to forage for these organisms. What they need to do, is learn how to identify them. By more than just their looks alone.
Many edible mushrooms. Have what is called a poisonous look alike. Therefore, knowing not only what they look like. There colour, the smell of them. As well as what their spore print looks like.
Is going to be integral in adding an edible mushroom. And not eating one, that could make people sick. Or, cause someone to be rushed to the hospital.
Alberta Campgrounds | Looking For Mushrooms While Camping
When people are searching for activities to do in Alberta campgrounds. They perhaps would like to try their hand. At foraging for many different things. In the forests around elevated experience campground.
There are many different things to forage for. Such as berries, there are many kinds. Throughout Alberta campgrounds. From Saskatoon berries. That grow on tall trees. And look like a purple blueberry.
There are also wild raspberry bushes. Wild blueberries. That grow in clusters on the forest floor. Particularly in areas that have had forest fires. Because blueberries love acidic soil.
But also people can find wild strawberries. And cloud berries, that grow in orange yellow clusters. That look like clouds. In addition to berries, people can find many useful plants. Such as Juniper, which is the important ingredients.
In gin, it is not considered gin. Until it has been touched by Juniper. Which gives it its unique flavoured. People can also forage for stinging nettle, yarrow, Labrador tea.
As well as getting the bark, needles and pinecones. From trees like birch trees, spruce trees, for and pine trees. As well as willow and poplar trees, for their known cosmetic and medicinal benefits.
And because many of these things, are useful and delicious. For example, Labrador tea is delicious. And commonly found throughout Alberta campgrounds. Willow bark on the other hand, is a known pain reliever.
However, any people love the sport of searching for mushrooms. Because it takes more than just a nice walk through the forest. To be able to find these hidden morsels of deliciousness.
Mushrooms grow where it is dark, damp and cool. Which means they are often found. Deep in the forest, there is little light. Or, growing at the base of giant trees. Where they are covered by fallen leaves.
And discarded pine needles. And people must not only look. But they must play detective, and get their hands dirty. In order to find these organisms. In order to bring home at the end of the day.
While many people will discover that mushrooms. Tend to grow in the same areas over and over. This is not just because they love the growing conditions. But because the mushrooms actually grow from.
A larger organism, that is underground. This giant organism is called mycelium. And is the organism, from which the fruit, or the mushroom growers. Therefore when people find the mushrooms.
They can be certain that they will find more mushrooms. Growing from this same mycelium in the future. Looking for mushrooms can be fun. However, beginners should learn lots before they go.
And before they eat any wild mushroom that they find. Do their due diligence. Or, forage with an expert. So that they can discover tips and tricks. To learn, before they go on their own looking for these elusive beauties.