Chef Müge was at Kastamonu for the Mushroom Festival. read more
Chef Müge was at Kastamonu for the Mushroom Festival.
You can be surprised to hear that there is mushroom in this season. Even though fall is a much more productive season for mushrooms, spring is not bad at all. Especially Kastamonu area is very fruitful for morels during spring months.
When I heard there was a festival on mushrooms, which have been my point of interest for a long time, I bought my Kastamonu tickets immediately. Festival that was organized by Mycologist Jilber Barutçuyan and Ece Aydın changed my point of view towards mushrooms.
Festival was really pleasurable. We first picked some mushrooms. Then we listened to the conference about mycology. At last we tried the pasta sauce that Jilber made with the morels and porcini mushrooms he picked beforehand.
I realized how our country is far behind in the subject of mushrooms. All the mushroom poisoning is caused by lack of education and unconscious consumption. Even the edibility of the mushrooms should be updated. For example a mushroom called ‘Ekşi Mehmet’ (common in Antalya) used to be eatable in 1960’s. After some examinations made through time, it was seen that it might cause kidney diseases. It doesn’t cause death all of a sudden. Without knowing, an illness occurs and with time this illness ends up with death. None of the mushrooms that cause death have antidotes.
I found out that in Switzerland, they value this issue. According to what Jilber told us, to sell the mushrooms, they show them to experts and receive their approval. In Turkey on the other hand, without any inspection mechanism, the mushrooms are put on counters directly from the forest. That’s why the rate of mushroom poisonings is so high in our country. Another cause that raises these rates is wrong kind of packaging of the mushrooms. This issue amazed me during my internship in London. The mushrooms arriving to the restaurant I worked were almost valued as diamonds. Mushrooms’ packaging was very special, made out of cardboard boxes. The same issue was discussed in the conference as well. Putting the mushrooms inside nylon bags can cause poisoning.
Since we don’t know the mushrooms well enough, we don’t consume nor identify the mushrooms produced in our country, which are sold for hundreds of Euros abroad.
I gained a different point of view with this festival. Thumbs up for the mushroom festival!!!
TAGS: KASTAMONU MUSHROOM FESTIVAL, JILBER BARUTCUYAN, MYCOLOGY