Nature experience in September
With the dialect word "Schwammerl", the typical Austrian means all types of mushrooms, with the exception of porcini mushrooms. The porcino mushroom (or boletus) in Austria is called Herrenpilz and is colloquially referred to mostly only as "mushroom". The most popular mushroom among Austrians is the chanterelle.
Both mushrooms, boletus and chanterelle, occur in different places in our region. Beginning in August and especially in September, experienced mushroom seekers are searching for the coveted edible mushrooms in the local forests in Mondsee-Irrsee.
Each mushroom seeker has his own territory, which he never reveals to the general public (The mushrooms can be found in the same places every year). The mushroom seeker's equipment consists of a knife and a basket or cloth bag. To harvest the mushroom, you just have to cut it at the end of its stem.
The maximum amount of mushrooms that can be taken is two kilograms per person. Of course, the mushroom seeker leaves inedible mushrooms in the forest undamaged. If you go on a search, we ask you to behave like a local mushroom seeker!
Do not take mushrooms that you do not know. If you are unsure about the edibility of a mushroom, go to a mushroom consulting service (e.g. "Haus der Natur", Salzburg).
Never eat mushrooms you are not 100% familiar with - there are also mushroom species in Mondsee-Irrsee, whose consumption can cause severe poisoning and even death.