- Always wanted to know which mushrooms you can eat?
- Forage your own mushrooms for breakfast
- Enjoy an early morning hike in the forest
- Gary will help you identify edible mushrooms
- Gary will demonstrate how to gently remove it, clean it off, and how to store it in your basket for safe keeping
3 – 4 hours (+/- from sunrise)
Available any day booking on request.
R550 p.p. (group size min 1 – max 20)
It’s hard to comprehend the extent of mushroom fanatic Gary Goldman’s passion until you pull on a pair of hiking shoes and start heading into the woods with him. He’s like the proverbial kid in a candy store, scrambling over boulders, turning over wooden stumps, and scratching around mulch on the forest floor in search of the edible treasure.
“I’ve been doing this for eight years,” explains Gary, who became the fun guy of fungi (sorry, not sorry) after quitting the rat race and taking up walking in the Newlands Forest, where he saw mushrooms around every turn. Since starting out, he’s personally identified and eaten 29 different species in and around Cape Town, and he’s still finding new ones. “A couple of weeks ago, I found my first shrimp russula mushroom. It tastes just like shrimp!”.
Years of experience also means that Gary has familiarised himself with the different traits of edible wild mushrooms, whether they “bruise yellow” or “bleed orange” – tips he’ll share with you depending on which shrooms you stumble across. Since mushroom growth is dependent on the weather, and since Gary has pretty much figured out exactly where to hit pay dirt on any given day, each foraging experience and location is different.
Think of it as a hyper exclusive pop-up that you’re only told the venue of the day before. Whether the fertile ground happens to be in Cecilia Forest, Rondebosch Common or Wynberg Park for the day (Gary phones you the night before with the address), you’d better arrive with your game face on: it can be quite a stiff hike before you luck out on some loot. But the trek is so worth it, Gary maintains. “I guarantee you: as soon as you find your first porcini, you’ll be absolutely hooked to mushroom picking for the rest of your life.”