The Mushroom Season in Zurich
In Switzerland, food lovers particularly look forward to fall ‒ for that is also the game and mushroom season. But what many people do not know is that all kinds of well-known edible mushrooms grow in the urban forests around Zurich – such as porcini, puffball mushrooms, parasol mushrooms and various types of russula, as well as button and blusher mushrooms. Even Burgundy truffles can be found close to the city.
Zurich Truffle Market
Truffle markets enjoy a long tradition in France and Italy. Now they are becoming increasingly popular in Switzerland, too. In Weiningen, west of Zurich, truffles are sold at the end of September (this year on Saturday, September 30, from 9.00am–4.00pm), together with delicious truffle-based products such as truffle salt, truffle butter or truffle honey.
Further Information: Truffle-schnueffler.ch
Foraging for Mushrooms Yourself
Of course, expert mushroom pickers will never reveal the exact places to find mushrooms, but this much can be said: edible mushrooms can be found in fall on the Uetliberg, Hönggerberg and Zürichberg. As far as picking is concerned, the following regulations apply in Canton Zurich: it is not permitted to pick mushrooms during the first 10 days of the month; after that, a maximum of 1kg (2.2lbs) per day/person.
Mushroom Inspection Office
Great care should be always taken when picking mushrooms. Many edible mushrooms closely resemble poisonous ones, which can lead to anything from relatively harmless stomach disorders to death by poisoning. Consequently, it is always advisable to get your mushrooms officially identified at an inspection office (this service is free of charge). Incidentally, one of Zurich’s 33 cantonal and official mushroom inspection offices is located just a stone’s throw from the Main Train Station.
Further information: vapko.ch
Mushrooms in Zurich’s Gastronomic Trade
Those who do not want to spend time hunting for mushrooms themselves can find delicious mushroom dishes on the menus at these Zurich restaurants in the next days and weeks: