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    Mushrooms in Polish forests – a guide to species

    Polish forests are a paradise for mushroom pickers. The richness of species means that everyone can find something for themselves. In Poland, you can find both popular and easy to distinguish mushrooms, as well as rarer and more demanding ones. Below we present several of the most commonly encountered species.

    Bay bolete – this is one of the most highly prized mushrooms in Poland. It is characterized by large, fleshy caps of a brown color. It can be found in deciduous and mixed forests.

    Penny bun – this is a mushroom with an edible flesh, highly valued for its aromatic taste. Its cap is brown, while the stem is whitish with darker scales. It is found in coniferous and mixed forests.

    Red-capped scaber stalk – this is a mushroom with an edible flesh, characterized by a large, flat cap of red-yellow color. It can be found in coniferous and deciduous forests.

    Slippery jack – this is a mushroom with an edible flesh, which grows in coniferous forests. It is characterized by a colorful cap of yellow-brown color, with rolled-up edges.

    Fly agaric – this is one of the most characteristic mushrooms for Polish forests, but it should be remembered that it is a poisonous mushroom. It is characterized by a red cap with white spots and a white stem with red spots.

    When picking mushrooms, it is important to remember their marking and identification. In case of doubt about the species, it is better to refrain from picking the mushroom in question. Let us enjoy Polish forests and take only what is given to us.

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