Discover how fungi are part of Lithuanians family traditions and cuisine.
Foraging chanterelles along with other mushrooms has been a life-long tradition in my family. It's actually how I came to love fungi! My father would take me foraging ever since I was little and then as the years went by I started to i.d. more mushrooms and go foraging on my own and long story short - fungi became a passion of mine.
However, mushroom-picking is not unique to just my family - it is a quite popular activity for many Lithuanians. The tradition that has been a part of Lithuanian culture for a very long time and you can tell from looking at Lithuanian cuisine. During Christmas Eve dinner in Lithuania it is custom to not eat meat, and so during this time almost a majority of the dishes consist of mushrooms that people have picked in the warmer months and preserved in some way or another for the winters.
We foraged them near Lake Giluzis in a region of Lithuania called Suvalkija. We found them in a quite mixed forest, consisting of a variety of trees: pines, birch trees, hazelnuts, some oaks.
To serve, add the boiled potatoes to a plate and top with the mushroom sauce, or put on the side and finish everything off with a garnish of chopped dill or spring onion. Enjoy!
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