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Agva guides, journey to the mushroom realm

Jilber in Wonderland / Mushroom Walks in Agva

Ağva is home to a wide variety of mushroom species, and the local community loves to go out collecting mushrooms with their families every year. Mushroom is quite important in the local Agva cuisine. Mushroom is used in most of the pot dishes, grills, fries and pastries. Mr. Ahmet Gun who lived his childhood in Agva talks about the joyful mushroom walks with his family. “As if we are on a treasure hunt. We forget our daily worries during these walks and we are over the moon the moment we find mushrooms.”


Mushroom Walks in Ağva Starting This Fall,

Jilber Barutciyan and Explore Agva Club presents;  

A journey to the mushroom realm guided by the MUSHROOM MAN.

“Mushroom is a sport for the Europeans. And this is such a sport that even a 70 year-old lady or an 80 year-old gentleman may join. This is trekking. Think about it, mushrooms attract people from many areas of life. If you think of it as a sport, people who want to live healthy find this interesting. Since it deals with nature, people who wants to protect nature are interested. They grow in forests, so it is forestry’s concern. They are edible, so anyone who cares about taste are interested. There is a mushroom trade, so it is economy’s concern. And since they are used for pharmaceutical purposes, it is medicine’s concern.”

Jilber Barutciyan; Mushroom Expert.


Who is Jilber Barutciyan?

Barutciyan first started his career, studying mushrooms in Switzerland and as of today he is a professional mushroom expert (mikologist) validated by Switzerland’s Ministry of Health.

The certificate that gives a person the authority to catagorize the mushrooms, to give any type of certificate regarding mushroom trade and to organize workshops, is given only by Switzerland’s Ministry of Health in the world.

Barutciyan has been working on mushrooms for 24 years and he shares his knowledge on mushrooms with people who are interested. He has workshops both in Turkish and French. The training consist of two parts; a theoretical study and a field trip, a standard workshop takes about 5 hours. The purpose of this training is to give an overview on mushrooms in general, to help avoid the poisoning risk, to inform people about at least 5 or 10 delicious and valuable mushroom species and to share the love for nature.

The dates about the mushroom tours will be announced during season in our Explore Agva website! Follow us! 

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