Amanita caesarea

Fresh Amanita Caesarea in a forest in the Zagori area in Ioannina

Amanita caesarea, commonly known in English as Caesar’s mushroom, is a highly regarded edible mushroom in the genus Amanita, native to Zagori, Greece. This mushroom was a favorite of early rulers of the Roman Empire hence it’s name Caesarea. It was known to and valued…

Autumn mushrooms

Autumn mushrooms, boletus aereus and amanita caesarea, in Zagori

Autumn is the best time to go hunting for mushrooms. The past few weeks were quite rainy for the season so when the temperature rose a bit and the sun shone the magic world of the fungi made it’s glorious appearance in the forests…

Blackberries

Blackberry picking season in the mountains of Epirus

Greek: βατόμουρα A purply black-coloured berry comprising many individual seed-containing fruits surrounding a cone-shaped core. Wonderfully juicy, they’re good raw (straight from the hedge!) or cooked and are bursting with vitamin C. Wild, they’re often called brambles meaning any impenetrable scrub. Sometimes called the “Cabernet…

Trekking expedition in Zagori

Trekking expedition in Zagori

Trekking expedition 1-8 August, 2014 Get to know the the Zagori region and Mt. Tymfi in Pindus, Epirus. Walk through the unique landscape of the National Park of Vikos – Aoos through the old stone treks and paths of Zagori and the broader mountain range…

Boletus

The name is derived from the Latin term bōlētus 'mushroom' from the Ancient Greek "βωλίτης", ultimately from bōlos/βώλος 'lump' or 'clod'. In Greece Boletus is also called "the king of mushrooms" - "βασιλομανίταρο".

The name is derived from the Latin term bōlētus ‘mushroom’ from the Ancient Greek “βωλίτης”, ultimately from bōlos/βώλος ‘lump’ or ‘clod’. In Greece Boletus is also called “the king of mushrooms” – “βασιλομανίταρο”. The fruit body has a large cap which on occasion can reach…

Cantharellus cibarius (Chanterelle)

Cantharellus cibarius, or else known as the chanterelle, is a a spring-fall mushroom in the area of Zagori in Epirus, Greece

Cantharellus cibarius, or else known as the chanterelle, golden chanterelle or girolle, is a fungus. It is orange or yellow, meaty and funnel-shaped. On the lower surface, underneath the smooth cap, it has gill-like ridges that run almost all the way down its stipe,…

Mushroom hunting season

Wild mushroom picking (hunting) season has just began in the Zagori region of Epirus in Northern Greece

Lots of rain for the season and the imminent sunshine due only mean one thing… mushrooms! Already Cantharellus cibarius, commonly known as the chanterelle, have been spotted at the lower altitudes of the Zagori and Morchella, the true morels, at the fir tree forests of Mitsikeli….

Neotinea tridentata

Neotinea tridentata favours grassy places, woodland, scrub and maquis of subalpine and alpine meadows of the National Park of Pindus as well as the broader Zagori region

Neotinea tridentata (three-toothed orchid) is a species of orchid found in Greece among other southern European countries. This orchid favours grassy places, woodland, scrub and maquis of sub-alpine and alpine meadows of the National Park of Pindus as well as the broader Zagori region…

Orchis ustulata

Orhis ustulata is relatively rare in Greece and only grows in northern mountains, such as Tymfi in Epirus

Orhis ustulata or Neotinea ustulata (burnt-tip orchid) is a European terrestrial orchid native to mountains in central and southern Europe, growing at up to 2,400 m (7,900 ft) elevation. It has erect stems carrying 2 to 3, basal in a rosette, oblong, unmarked leaves…

Ramonda serbica

Ramonda serbica grows in shady crevices of calcareous rocks in altitudes of 400–1500 m on the mountains of Mitsikeli and Tymfi (Timfi), Zagori, Epirus, Greece

Ramonda serbica, commonly known as Serbian phoenix flower, is a species in the Gesneriaceae family. It is one of the few European representatives of this falmily, found in Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, FYROM and Serbia. The flower was discovered by Serbian botanist Josif Pančić in 1874…