Mushrooms

Edible mushrooms growing in the wild

Hundreds of mushroom species growing in the wild in Finland are suitable for consumption. The total annual yield of edible mushrooms is estimated at 1,000 million kg, which amounts to an average of 50 kg/ha.

Boletes, milk-caps, golden chanterelles, trumpet chanterelles, hedgehog fungus, and sheep polypore are especially typical fare for an autumn meal. Other types of mushrooms suitable for consumption include the gypsy mushroom, horn of plenty, arched woodwax, and some species of Russula.

Finnish nature is also home to lethally poisonous species of mushrooms. Novice mushroom pickers are especially advised to avoid white mushrooms and species growing from tree stumps.