Mushroom Hunting in Door County
If you are a newcomer to Door County, you may be surprised to find that Door County is riddled with
various, delicious mushrooms that are perfect for consumption. In fact, mushroom hunting is a local
tradition that brings people far and wide to Door County.
Mushrooms are a staple in restaurants throughout Door County. They are cooked and served in a variety
of ways and dishes. Even those not in the restaurant business like to hunt for and cook up their own
local mushrooms. Mushroom hunting is a fun way to pass the tie in Door County. There are several
different mushroom varieties to be found, over 550 to be precise. These mushrooms include morels, the
local favorite, chanterelles, black trumpets, sulfur shelf, and puffball.
There are a few different things to keep in mind when mushroom hunting. Morels grow in early spring
and grow in clusters. Chanterelles come up in the summer when it gets hot outside but can be found
through the fall. Black trumpets blend in with the forest floor so keep your eyes to the ground. Sulfur
shelf have a vibrant red color that fades to yellow on the edges. Puffballs look like soccer balls but don’t
always have much flavor. As a general rule of thumb, mushrooms are best found a few days after it rains
and near fallen trees or other areas of decomposition.
All of these delicious mushrooms can be cooked up in a variety of ways from soups and salads to stir fry
and pastas. The possibilities are endless with the variety of mushrooms in Door County, so why not try
for yourself? If you decide to go mushroom hunting for yourself one day, there are a few rules you must
First, you cannot collect mushrooms in state natural areas, but you can collect them in all Wisconsin
State Parks. To be safe, check with the lands or reserves before you start. Second, double check with an
expert before you eat your mushrooms to make sure they are safe to eat. If you are safe and smart
about mushroom hunting, your good time is sure to pay off with a delicious meal afterwards. Door
County is full of hidden gems. Why not come find some for yourself?