Mushroom Hunting in Vermont
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Mushroom Hunting in Vermont

November 20, 2019

– [Ari] If you’re thinking
of a wild mushroom, you’re probably thinking of death and poisoning and vomiting. – [Jenna] But, now that
I’m a mushroom hunter, I think wonder.
– [Ari] Opportunity. – [Jenna] Delicacy.
– [Ari] Potential. – [Woman] Beauty. – [Man] Every corner in the forest has a new surprise in the
mycological world behind it. My name is Ari Rockland-Miller. – [Woman] And I’m Jenna Antonino DiMare. – [Ari] And we are mycophiles. – [Jenna] AKA, mushroom lovers. (easygoing instrumental music) – In the United States
alone, there are at least 40 or 50 gourmet edible wild mushrooms, and those run the gamut
from the chanterelle with a powerful apricot aroma, to the black trumpet with
an earthy fig-like flavor to hen of the woods, which
looks like a hen roosting at the base of an oak tree in the fall. There’s an unbelievable diversity. When I was a little kid,
I would just pile up every mushroom I could find
in the woods around my house. That was the beginning of the journey. I do have dreams about wild mushrooms, and then I sort of wake up. And the first thing I want
to do the next morning is get out for mushrooms. (lively instrumental music) Often, I’m moving fast, looking for brightly colored mushrooms. Other times, I’m really getting
down on my hands and knees crawling around the moss
at the base of a beech tree looking for a black trumpet. – Ari can become extremely enthusiastic about hunting for mushrooms. And there have been times in the past where he’ll be out for
hours and hours and hours at a time but won’t
come back with anything. – Finding them does take time, but every now and then, all
of a sudden, you see one. (upbeat instrumental music) And that is the most powerful reverie, unbelievable rush every time. We use our knife and our mushroom brush, and fill up our basket. – [Jenna] We don’t over-harvest mushrooms. There isn’t a monetary incentive. – [Ari] We do want to
leave some in the ground to spread their spores and to reproduce. The hunt is intrinsically satisfying. It’s an epic treasure hunt. It reconnects me to a
childhood sense of wonder. On a good day, we can bring home many pounds of wild mushrooms. – [Jenna] When we bring
our mushrooms back, it’s always such a joy to look
through our find from the day and cook them up that evening. (easygoing instrumental music) We don’t resell the mushrooms
that we find in the forest. We instead enjoy them ourselves. We pick just enough to share
with our family and friends. – [Ari] Mushrooms have taught me that even in the tiniest things, there’s so much potential
that there are whole worlds that we ignore that
contain so much flavor, beauty, mystery, wonder.

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  1. once I was in Wyoming and my group that I was in picked 6 trash bags full of mushrooms it was at the solar eclipse 2017
    the locals said their was lots of rain the day before
    mushroom picking is addictive and very fun

  2. Nice video but not very informative :/ what kind of mushrooms were they that they picked; just to start off… and nothing about mushroom identification! :/

  3. In my place North East India, we find many eatable mushrooms like , the termite mushrooms , bat's ear mushrooms, chicken flavor mushrooms, chicken leg like mushrooms, giant mushrooms etc… thanks ??

  4. Ari and Jenna, you two are a pleasant couple to watch. What's the baby's name? I'm from Staten Island, N.Y., and I just found about 5 lbs. of Oyster mushrooms on a huge dead tree trunk at the base of a pile of dead wood near the ocean on the New Jersey side of Staten Island. I too have a passion for mushrooms, but I'm sure that Ari has much more knowledge about edibles, and identifying toxic ones.
    Anyway, ignore all the jealous haters. Keep doing what you're doing, and that means sharing the love. Happy hunting.
    Oh btw, my wife made about 4 different recipes with Oyster mushrooms. We still have some left too! Lol.

  5. That risotto is looking a little thick? it shouldn't be that thick' it should look like a soft porridge! Just saying.

  6. In the Philippines we don't pick mushrooms because we believe gnomes sit on them and if you try to destroy it the gnomes will curse you

  7. actually since childhood I was very interested and want to try hunting various kinds of mushroom and cook them but I'm always afraid that the mushroom I eat is poisonous???

  8. You like shrooms, eh?
    Then you better come down to Finland during Autumn, because lemme tell ya…THERE. ARE. MUSHROOMS.

  9. I'd love to know more about the ways to identify safe edible mushrooms, and plenty of people go out picking here (in the USA) regardless of all the comments. Especially for Morels where I'm at.

  10. This is so random, but Ari l took one of your mushroom classes in VT last year! We found a pile of black trumpet, yellow foot chanterelle, hedge hog and many others. We learned a lot from you guys.

  11. Shen I hear phile I instantly think about someone trying to fuck something…so…have they tried to bang a shroom?

  12. You guys better be using a bag that is like a gym bag with holes in it so you can shake it and the spores will fall off and you will keep the life cycle of the mushrooms going if not then you need to start too

  13. I used to go morel mushroom hunting as a kid and teenager. I might have to go buy some spawn and try spreading it around in a few places where I live now.

  14. Why are people mushroom picking only in eastern northern europe? Its so popular here but not elsewhere.

  15. That's very nice, but you totally forgot to warn about picking unfamiliar mushrooms. If you eat the wrong one, you can die. If you don't know what mushrooms grow in your area and which species are edible, go with someone who knows.

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