In Germany, mushroom picking is regulated by law, which means you can’t pick any amount of these gifts of the forest. Those who do not comply with the regulations and take more than the allowed amount of mushrooms out of the forest are committing theft under German law and can be fined up to 5,000 euros. Such was the fate of a certain 80-year-old pensioner who had to pay a €200 fine for picking too many mushrooms!
The 80-year-old claimed he knew nothing about the regulations on mushroom picking in Germany
The legal limit was one kilogram. The man, who went mushroom picking in late October, took three kilograms of mainly chanterelles and ceps out of the forest.
The senior citizen was unlucky – as customs reported on Tuesday, the man was detained at the Rheinfelden border crossing. The 80-year-old claimed he knew nothing about the regulations governing mushroom picking in Germany.