For many, the mushroom season doesn’t start until autumn. In fact, there are mushrooms all year round that you can gather. Our mushroom calendar below gives you an overview of when which mushrooms grow in summer.

Last spring mushrooms

Spruce cone (Strobilurus esculentus)

From October to May, the fungus, also known as spruce cone nail fungus, grows on spruce cones that have fallen to the ground.

  • 2 to 4 cm wide
  • gray to brownish color
  • white to gray lamellae
  • Can be confused with: spruce cone helmling (Mycena strobilicola)

Morcheln (Morchella esculenta)

The morel mushroom season begins in March and ends in early summer.

  • up to 12 cm high
  • wabenartige Struktur
  • grey, yellowish or brown
  • Fruit body hollow inside
  • Can be confused with: spring poisonous morel (Gyromitra esculenta)

Mushrooms from June

Espen-Rotkappe (Leccinum leucopodium)

It is typical for red caps that they discolour during cooking, but this does not have a negative effect on the taste.

  • 5 to 20 cm wide
  • maroon hat
  • white stem

Honiggelber Hallimasch (Armillaria mellea)

Honey fungus grows exclusively on rotten wood and is only edible when young.

  • 4 to 14 cm wide
  • yellow hat color
  • slightly erect hat scales
  • Possibility of confusion: Sparriger Schuppling (Pholiota squarrosa)

Knoblauchschwindling (Mycetinis scorodonius)

The fungal season of the mushroom fungus starts in summer and lasts until autumn.

  • 1 to 2, maximum 4 cm wide
  • pale brown
  • reddish-brown stem
  • Can be confused with: String-stemmed garlic shrimp (Mycetinis alliaceus), Needle dwarf shrimp (Marasmiellus perforans)

Pfifferlinge (Cantharellus cibarius)

The mushroom season for chanterelles begins in June.

  • orange-yellow color
  • 2 to 10 cm wide
  • funnel shaped
  • wavy edge
  • Can be confused with false chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca)

Sand-Röhrling (Suillus variegatus)

From June, the mushroom season starts from the sand boletus, which can only be found in the vicinity of pine trees.

  • 4 to 12 cm wide
  • yellowish hat
  • surface matte

Copop-Tintling (Coprinus comatus)

In the mushroom calendar there are only a few species that can be found almost all year round, but only appear in larger quantities from June.

  • Hat 5 to 10 cm high
  • cylindrical
  • white to brownish lamellae

Sommer-Steinpilz (Boletus reticulatus)

You should mark June in your mushroom calendar because this is when the first tender porcini mushrooms appear .

  • dull brown hat
  • up to 22 cm wide
  • up to 20 cm long
  • Stalk thickened towards the bottom
  • Can be confused with gall boletus (Tylopilus felleus)

Stockschwämmchen (Kuehneromyces mutabilis)

In the mushroom calendar, the common mutabilis is in season almost all year round, but larger quantities of mutabilis on rotten tree stumps appear mainly from June.

  • up to 4 cm wide
  • semi-circular screen
  • light brown
  • Possibility of confusion: poisonous häubling (Galerina marginata)
Tip: The mutabilis can also be selectively bred on wood. By inoculating a rotten trunk with the mushroom spawn, there is less risk of poisonous mushrooms colonizing it.

Mushrooms from July

Apfel-Täubling (Russula paludosa)

The russet russula occurs predominantly on peat moss and occasionally from under fruit trees.

  • reddish hat
  • 5 to 15 cm wide
  • white stem
  • white lamellae

Parasol (Macrolepiota procera)

Mushroom season for the parasol begins in July.

  • Hat with brown scales
  • up to 20 cm wide
  • up to 40 cm high
  • movable ring on the stem
  • Can be confused with: saffron parasol (Chlorophyllum rhacodes), garden giant parasol (Chlorophyllum brunneum)
Tip: Parasols can also be selectively bred. The mushroom spawn is commercially available and can be planted in a shady spot in the garden.

Rotfußröhrling (Xerocomellus chrysenteron)

The red-footed boletus is an edible mushroom that is popular with beginners, as it is easy to recognize because of the color of the stalk.

  • cracked hat
  • 3 to 8 cm wide
  • Stalk gradient downwards from yellow to red
  • Can be confused with: Schönfuss boletus (Caloboletus calopus)

Meadow mushrooms (Agaricus campestris)

The fungus season for mushrooms starts after the hay harvest in July, when it has been raining for a long time.

  • 5 to 10 cm wide
  • gray – whitish
  • flesh pink lamellae
  • white stem
  • Can be confused with: carbolic mushroom (Agaricus xanthodermus), death cap mushroom (Amanita virosa)
Note: In early spring, the meadow mushroom is often confused with the spring death cap (Amanita verna). However, the fungus season of the mushrooms only begins when the temperatures are significantly higher.

Goat’s lip (Xerocomus subtomentosus)

The goat’s lip is mainly found in deciduous forests with beech trees .

  • yellow to brown cap
  • golden tubes
  • light yellow to light brown stem
  • Can be confused with: Parasitic boletus (Pseudoboletus parasiticus)

Mushrooms from August

Birch fungus (Leccinum scabrum)

The birch mushroom can be found in the mushroom calendar from August, and its season extends into October.

  • up to 15 cm wide and high
  • brown hat
  • white stem with brown flakes
  • Can be confused with gall boletus (Tylopilus felleus)

Krause Glucke (Sparassis crispa)

In the mushroom calendar, the Krause hen appears in August at the earliest and can be collected until around December.

  • up to 40 cm wide
  • yellowish color
  • curly fruit body
  • Can be confused with broad-leaved mother hen (Sparassis brevipes)

Maronen-Röhrling (Imleria badia)

From August to the end of October you can find the chestnut boletus in sparse coniferous forests.

  • 5 to 15 cm wide
  • Hat in maroon color
  • Tubes turn bluish when pressure is applied
  • Possibility of confusion: common gall boletus (Tylopilus felleus)

Hypholoma capnoides

The smoky sulfur cap grows only on coniferous wood and is mainly used dried as a seasoning mushroom.

  • pale yellow color
  • 2 to 8 cm wide
  • hat smooth
  • Lamellae slightly lighter than the cap when young

Violetter Rötelritterling (Lepista nuda)

The Violet Knightling is easy to find in the forest due to its striking purple color.

  • 5 to 15 cm wide
  • thick-fleshed hat
  • Stem with white-silver longitudinal stripes

frequently asked Questions

In Germany, the Federal Species Protection Ordinance regulates which mushrooms may be collected and in what quantity. There are often other regional restrictions, for example collecting in a piece of forest may be completely prohibited. If you go on holiday, you should find out beforehand whether it is allowed to collect mushrooms in the forest. There are often regional mushroom regulations, which are also strictly controlled.

Yes, the summer oyster mushroom (Pleurotus pulmonarius) is a popular cultivated fungus that only develops fruiting bodies at warm temperatures. This also applies to the king oyster mushroom (Pleurotus eryngii). Mutabilis and parasols can also be cultivated in a targeted manner.

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