"One of her greatest pleasures in summer was the very Russian sport of hodit' po gribi (looking for mushrooms)"

Russians are still mad about hodit' po gribi and come September, they head to the woods in pursuit of mushrooms, which they then eat with smetana (sour cream), or stuffed inside pelmeni dumplings. The fact that Nabokov's mother took part in the national sport - without particularly caring what happened to the mushrooms once she had handed them over to her cook - shows the place that the countryside occupies in the Russian psyche: no one in Russia, it seems, is or was too grand for mycological pursuits.



Chanterelles are called lisichki in Russia, after the word lisa, (fox), because they resemble a fox's orange coat.