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Mushroom picking

Passed down from generation to generation, the tradition of picking mushrooms in Poland dates back to the noble times, then this custom became a ceremonial described by Mickiewicz in the famous fragment of Pan Tadeusz – a common family mushroom picking

Today, it rarely takes such an official form, but it will remain a willingly practiced form of relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the city in the bosom of nature. Experienced mushroom pickers know well where to look for the best and largest specimens, they have their constantly visited places – among them there are also locations in Lower Silesia. So where to go in search of mushrooms?

Amateurs of mushroom picking should especially remember about several regions. The first one is the beautiful (and also worth visiting for other reasons) Bory Dolnośląskie. This largest Polish forest complex, and at the same time one of the largest in Europe, is a true Mecca for mushroom pickers. The Mycieliński, Przemkowski and Klasztorny forests, located east of Szprotawa, the vicinity of the villages of Szprotawka, Leszno Górne, Pstrąże and Buczek, as well as the commune of Węgliniec, known for organizing the annual mushroom festival, are particularly well-known (close to other attractions of the region, such as the Castle). Kliczków, which can be successfully used as a starting point for a weekend trip around the Lower Silesian Forests).

Traditionally, the second important region for mushroom pickers is the entire Jelenia Góra Valley – during the mushroom season (from spring to autumn), we can count on finds in almost any chosen forest. And this regardless of whether we choose the region of Borowice, Przesieka and Zachełmie in the Karkonosze Mountains (remember that it is forbidden to pick mushrooms in the Karkonosze National Park) or we go rather to the south-western part of the region, to the Jizera Mountains (Szklarska Poręba , Świeradów-Zdrój), or finally try our luck in the forests of the Bóbr Valley Landscape Park.

 Another place worth mentioning are the forests to the north and north-east of Wrocław, especially the vicinity of Grabowno Wielkie. You can easily get to Grabowno Wielki by train in the morning and come back in the evening. Journey time, depending on the connection, takes 47-70 minutes.

We wish everyone a successful harvest and as few toadstools as possible on the trail.