In fir forests or alpine areas, in glades or in the hinterland, by rivers or lakes, there are hundreds of species of wild mushrooms growing every year. Collecting them, especially in the spring time, is like going on a safari excursion; its trophy is the mushrooms themselves.
Out of the 2.200 species of mushrooms in Greece, only 150 are edible. With a fine quality and a tremendous taste, the Greek wild mushrooms are a highly nutritious and absolutely healthy food. Proteins, minerals, and trace elements are there to be combined with delicious dishes and gourmet versions of otherwise common tastes.
There are clubs that organise guided tours into forests for those who wish to be acquainted with the magic world of mushrooms. Western Macedonia and, in particular, the area of Grevená, are the places where you will come across the widest range of mushroom varieties. Some very rare and extinct of them have already become a tourists attraction, not just for domestic, but also for international visitors.
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