The heavy rains of early October have produced spectacular growth of fungi in the pine forests of Guadarrama in recent weeks. Mushrooms and toadstools abound..
Among the more colourful – and generally spectacular – are the classic toadstool, the pizza fungus, the psychoactive mushroom known as Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria).
Never hard to find, this year the Fly Agaric is absolutely abundant among the pines of Fuenfría. They’re everywhere..it’s a day-tripper’s heaven!
Of course you can also find mushrooms that you can eat and enjoy without going on a trip, the classic porcini for example, Boletus edulis, known in English as Ceps or Penny Buns.
Even if you don’t want to pick fungi, just the spectacle of seeing them in their wild abundance means that it’s worth getting out for a walk in the woods.