Like 2015, Latvian Museum of Natural History has organized an exhibition dedicated to the variety of mushrooms found in Latvia. The Mushroom Days 2016 will be held throughout 14-18 September.
Latvian mushroom gatherers have been lucky with a rich mushroom harvest this year. The museum’s organized exhibition does will not focus on a single specific type of mushroom. It will be focused on the variety of different mushrooms found in Latvia. As it is known, mushrooms are significantly affected by the weather. With that, it is hard to predict what kinds of mushrooms will be presented at the exhibition. Because exhibits will be replaced with new ones every day, there will not be a lack of variety.
The exhibition will present edible poisonous and inedible mushrooms found in Latvia, mainly Riga’s, Ogre’s and Tukums’ surrounding territories. It is known that the exhibition will present Choiromyces meandiformis, a type of subterranean mushroom related to the Tuber genus.
Other activities will be organized as part of the exhibition – visitors will be able to test their knowledge about edible and poisonous mushrooms. In addition, experts will share mushroom meal recipes.
Mycologists Inita Daniele, Diana Meiere and Mara Eipure will be offering visitors consultations during the exhibition. Visitors are also encouraged to bring the mushrooms they found in Latvia. Specialists will advise on their species and, perhaps, add them to the exhibition.
Mycologist Inita Daniele will read a lecture ‘Mushroom gathering traditions in Latvia’ on the 3rd floor of the museum at 17:00 16 September.
Latvian Museum of Natural History reminds that it is highly dangerous to consume unfamiliar mushrooms!