780 Steinbach Smoker Mushroom Charlie
Big-city people get their mushrooms at
the green grocer or at the greenhouse-nursery. Up here in the mountains,
we search for mushrooms in the forest ourselves. The natives of the
Erzgebirge come home with pails and baskets full of mushrooms.
(Sometimes it happens, that a person comes home without having found any
mushrooms at all, which raises the question of whether he was really
looking for mushrooms) There’s really nothing tastier than a real
mushroom-ragout speciality. Pearl mushrooms, stone mushrooms, birch
mushrooms and chestnut mushrooms and especially, tube mushrooms and leaf
mushrooms mixed together and fried - wow, does that ever taste good!
Mushrooms are such a popular part of German life and folklore that the
German word for mushroom (Pilz) is also used to refer to a person, such
as in the word “Gluckspilz”, which means a “lucky fellow”.
Picking mushrooms therefore is very much like picking friends, so you
really have to know what you’re doing because their are good ones and
bad ones out there (and not just in the forest), But of course, we
natives of the Erzgebirge know all about that. Another matter entirely
is that “radioactive fallout” resulting from the meltdown of the
nuclear reactor at the power station at Tschernobyl. Several types of
mushrooms especially the chestnut mushrooms were contaminated and
rendered inedible for years. These however, we and our Mushroom-Expert,
Charlie Albrecht, leave untouched.
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