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Foraging for mushrooms is a rewarding endeavor. But it can be difficult to figure out what you need, since the world of mycology supplies can be tricky. Luckily, we’re here to help. Read on to discover our four essential foraging tools every beginner needs.

You’ll Need a Permit

First things first: you’ll need a permit to forage on land. You can’t just walk up to a mushroom and start cutting stems. Mushrooms are considered an integral part of the forest’s flora, and depending on what you decide to forage, you could accidentally harvest an endangered species. So it’s important to have all your ducks in a row here. While no one will likely haul you to prison for trying to forage, you could end up with a hefty fine. Plus, the permits are usually free, so there’s no excuse not to get one.

Cleaning Tools

A nice paintbrush—or even a soft toothbrush—is useful to brush off dirt and other debris from the mushroom. This also saves you precious time, since you won’t have to clean it when cultivating, saving you work later. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about the dirt in the foraging basket soiling your other foraged mushrooms.

A Pocket Knife

A pocket knife is an indispensable foraging tool that every beginner needs to get started, but you must use it properly. While we’re sure you’d expect us to say that you can use your knife to harvest your mushrooms, that’s a misconception that could cost you your cultivation efforts. Instead, you’ll want to use the knife to check for worms and gently clean the stems with it.

Garden Trowel

If you can’t use a knife to extract mushrooms, what can you use? A garden trowel. This tool can cleanly extract the entire mushroom—stem, gills, and all—and can dig little holes, breaking up the earth around the mushroom for cleaner extraction.

There you have it! These supplies are perfect for foraging beginners. If you want to get in on this fun, rewarding hobby, purchase these supplies, and you’ll be well on your way to foraging mushrooms properly.

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