When I was young, hunting mushrooms was a family affair. We are Italian, so wild-food collection is in our genes. And I loved it: the treks through the cool woods, the moment the pattern of camouflaged mushrooms emerged and they suddenly appeared everywhere. It felt wondrous when a mushroom popped up where there wasn’t one the day before — a tendency of mushrooms that lends them an aura of mystery. But, scientifically, it’s all pretty straightforward. Mushrooms are the reproductive structures, the fruiting bodies, of fungi.
Perceived as exotic and difficult to grow, prized for their unique textures and taste, mushrooms are something of an orchid and an oyster. Edible fungi are beloved by gourmands, and many varieties grow within reach of a foraging basket, if you know where to look.
Mushrooms are the visual centerpiece of a new film by directors Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin about a couple that forages for wild edibles to sell to restaurants. It's an intense film that chronicles an evolving relationship, but it is also full of beautiful scenes of discovering hen of woods, morels, and myriad other mushrooms in the woods around New York City. Passionate and knowledegeable, the man and woman argue about their future and their finds — the kingdom of fungi an impartial witness to a marriage in distress.
-Check out this garden shed/greenhouse, designed by Finnish architects Avanto Architects, by Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth for Kekkilä Garden’s Home & Garden collection. It is a pre-fab shed, combined with a greenhouse, that can be assembled with just a screwdriver. This particular model is designer Linda Bergroth's summer cottage, on a distant island is eastern Finland.