The Natural Park Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche is of extraordinary importance because of the unique rainforest ecosystem. With an area of more than 186,000 hectares this is one of the largest protected areas in Spain. It has a high moisture level, both environmental and in the ground, and temperatures are mild throughout the year. Both aspects are crucial in the reproduction of the mushrooms.
The most important times are spring and especially autumn. Another circumstance that favours the existence of mushrooms is the abundance of forest around the park and its use by the system of pasture (farm agroforestry) made by man, including the cultivation of chestnut.
Throughout the park, depending on the type of soil, trees, and the time we are there, we will see the following fungi: the window (Amanita Caesarea), the tentullo (Boletus edulis), the gallipierna (Macrolepiota Procera), the Josefita (Agaricus campestris), the chanterelles (Lactarious deliciosus), the gurumelo (Amanita ponderosa).
We recommend that if you wish to eat what you find in the countryside, you must have solid knowledge or be accompanied by experts you have confidence in.
– Use a sharp knife to cut the base
– Use wicker baskets to spread the spores
– Be moderate in the collection