Mushrooming in France


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Normally, on an October Friday in Paris, I’d be thinking about heading south to the Loire Valley to spend the weekend with friends – in the serious pursuit of mushrooms. There, you’ll find Cepes, Bolets, Pied de Moutons, Chanterelles, Trompettes de la Mort.

Mushrooming in October has become one of our annual rituals – so it is my GREAT regret that I will be absent for this years’ outing. We are thinking of all of you! Fellow mushroomers. Meanwhile, we wend our way slowly but most assuredly back to Paris – perhaps in time for the remnants of the mushrooming season. With a little luck, there may be a few of death’s trumpets (trompettes de la mort) or sheep’s feet (pied de mouton) to be had. Otherwise we will content ourselves with the array of wild mushrooms that find their way to Paris’s outdoor markets.

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While you are in Paris you may want to try ‘girolles’ or ‘chanterelles’ or the fleshy ‘cepes’.

It’s easy to get to the Loire Valley region from Paris. Just hop on a train and then head for ‘Montresor’ one of the most lovely villages in France.
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Montresor
Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2007


2 thoughts on “Mushrooming in France

  • W. S. Petti

    Sounds like a good fun outing and even better enjoying the fresh pickings. I “dig” truffles, are they a hidden treasure in the area?

  • Parisgirl

    Truffles demand the know-how of truffle specialists. You need to head to the truffle capitals of France which you can find in the Aveyron region.

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