There's nothing more satisfying or delicious than picking your own produce. Today, Estonia is still mostly covered in forests, so you'll definitely find plenty of local tips for best berry picking and mushrooming spots. Before you head out, here's a list suggestions on what to look for.
The most popular berries to pick in the summer include the bilberry (Nordic wild blueberry), cranberry, cowberry, wild strawberry, wild raspberry and cloudberry.
When it comes to mushrooms, Estonia has so much to offer. The majority have some symbiotic relationship with species of trees. In Estonia, chanterelles are inarguably the most sought after as they have a very distinctive appearance. These yellow mushrooms go great with a creamy mushroom sauce enjoyed with pasta, potatoes and grains. You are most likely to find chanterelles in South Estonia and Saaremaa island.
Other local favourites include the milk mushroom, boletus, and russula. The rufous milkcap (Lactarius rufus) grows near pine and birch trees and can be found in Lääne-Virumaa, Põlva County, and Harju County. Its close relative, the milk cap (Lactarius scrobiculatus) is located in Jõgeva, Tartu, and Lääne-Virumaa County. Likewise, you can find the species Lactarius deliciosus known as the saffron milk cap or the red pine mushroom in Ida-Virumaa, Harju, and Võru County. The parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) is common in Harju, Pärnu, and Tartu County while the Russula can be found in Lääne, Jõgeva, and Võru County.
Although Estonian forests are generally safe and peaceful, going into the forest alone can feel daunting. Thankfully there are a number of mushroom picking tours where you can spot and pick your dinner with an expert guide.