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The quest for “pebrassos”

In autumn, when the woods in the Es Amunts area fill with mushrooms, it's the right time to take your basket and go look for the valuable "pebrassos".

In the green and humid forests of Es Amunts, there is a small kingdom of mushrooms. During the autumn, in the rainy season, it is customary to go out to the field in search of the delicious “pebrassos” or peppery milk-cap (Lactarius sanguifluus and Lactarius deliciosus), much appreciated on the island.

Es Amunts Interpretation Center
Interior of Es Amunts Interpretation Center
Mushrooms exhibition
Start of a guided excursion
Forests of Es Amunts
'Pebràs', one of the most precious mushrooms
Looking for mushrooms
Basket with mushrooms
Funny companions

The starting point is Es Amunts Interpretation Center, where visitors will discover the natural, landscape, and patrimonial values of this 190 km2 green lung (a quarter of the island) that goes through the towns of Sant Antoni, Sant Joan, and Santa Eulària. The center has an exhibition room, a projection room, and an interpretative garden in which to understand the great habitat diversity of its sea cliffs, with its unique worldwide endemic vegetation, important bird of prey colonies, Corona and Albarca plains, Es Broll stream, its bays, and towns. There is also a cave with the most interesting paleontological site in the Mediterranean, S’Avenc des Pouàs.

Basket in hand, visitors will leave the center to go to the recreation area of Can Pere Musson. From there, they will go the Puig in Can Pere Musson. There are 50 different types of mushrooms on the island, although most inhabitants prefer the orange-colored “pebràs”. Its name comes from its funny spicy taste, similar to pepper, “pebre” in Catalan. But not all mushrooms in Ibiza are edible. There are some toxic, even deadly, species, such as Lepiota cristata, so you have to be careful.

The best way of finding mushrooms is by looking around the flowering heather, under the pine trees, and in open fields. Some of the most common edible species are Suillus bellini, Amanita ovoidea or “pixacà”, “rogetes” (Clitocybe costata), “llengua de bou” (Hydnum repandum), and the table mushroom.

If, once the trip is over, you have not gotten lucky collecting mushrooms, at least you will have enjoyed a nice walk through one of the main green parks on the island.