| Gathering Wild Mushrooms
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/Gathering Wild Mushrooms

The collection of mushrooms in the territory of the Alta Valtellina is permitted in all areas with the exception of the areas included in the Stelvio National Park and and in the Nature Reserve of Oga.

How to collect mushrooms

Each person is allowed to collect up to 6.6 pounds (3 kg) of mushrooms per day and is permitted to use the tools and containers that comply with the law (knife, and basket or aerated container). You should remember that it is absolutely forbidden to destroy fungi that are not suitable for consumption, even the most poisonous. It is recommended to extract the intact mushroom from the soil, without damaging its botanical elements, and then to clean immediate those mushrooms for which there are no doubts about being edible. Mushrooms that present any doubt what so ever, should instead be examined by experienced staff.

Conservation and consumption

Edible mushrooms should be kept in rigid and ventilated containers and stored in a cool place. It is recommended to consume as soon as is possible. We do not recommend the consumption of raw mushrooms, or of those where there is any doubt of their edibility.

In the case of an unidentified ailment after the consumption of mushrooms, you are advised to go immediately to the hospital emergency room—at the first suspicion or at the first symptoms of indisposition—bringing any leftovers of the meal and of the mushrooms consumed, and then providing the doctors with any information that might help with the identification of the fungal species consumed, and of their place of collection.

Mycological Inspectorate in Bormio

For further information and for the evaluation of the edibility of mushrooms:

Mycological Inspectorate of the A.S.L.
Province of Sondrio – District of Bormio
Via Agoi 8
Telephone: +39 0342 909243 / +39 0342 555126
Open on request (please call for an appointment from Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.)