The Guardia Civil in Bérchules (Alpujarra) have confiscated 198 fruit boxes of illegally picked níscalos, with a combined weight of 990 kilos.
Níscalos (Lactarius deliciosus) are a type of mushroom commonly known in English as the saffron milk cap or red pine mushroom which are found growing in pine woods.
The police had stopped two vehicles on the A-4130 near Mecina Bombarón and found the boxes of mushrooms, which were being transported without any documentation to prove their origin. The occupants said that they had picked them within the Espacio Natural de Sierra Nevada.
As a result of this find, 17 people were charged with the illegal collection of this type of very popular, mushroom type within the park – you have to apply for permission to do this.
Normal field mushrooms, as well as these milk cap ones, are in abundance at the moment this year, thanks to the relatively warm weather for October and the abundance of rainfall. Most restaurants are offering them on their menus.
(News: Bérchules, Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucia)