WORKSHOP – Penny Bun & Poison Pie

Penny Bun & Poison Pie – Identifying Edible & Toxic Mushrooms

Roaming the autumn forests to discover the delights of wild edible fungi is an increasingly popular Australian pastime.

Humans have foraged for wild foods since time began, before cultivation and agriculture became the way of life for most people. Fungi provide subsistence food and cherished delicacies, psychotropics and pharmaceuticals. In developing countries they alleviate hunger and poverty. In the developed world including Australia, they are mostly consumed as a gourmet speciality.

However, those who fancy collecting a few mushies for dinner, take heed. Among the delicious and delightful lurk deadly species that could land you in the grave. Unfortunately the various folkloric sayings about edible fungi always don’t hold true. However, a delicious bounty of mushrooms awaits those who can differentiate the desirable from the deadly. This workshop introduces participants to the basics of mushroom identification around a display table of specimens before heading to the garden to search for marvellous mushrooms.

Further workshops can be viewed at this link.

Signed copies of Alison’s book, The Allure of Fungi, will be available for purchase.



VENUE: Retford Park, 1325 Old South Road, Bowral

COST: $60 ($50 for National Trust members)

Includes morning tea