Quebec Replay: Japanese mushrooms in northern Quebec
Last week, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food invited researchers and members of the media to lunch in Quebec City. The banquet was made up entirely of delicacies from the North. It was a sort of showcase for a less well-known element of the Plan Nord - the development of so-called biofoods.
Among the most promising of the foods - wild mushrooms, matsutakes. Exports of the Matsutake mushrooms account for a $500 million dollar industry. And most of them are exported to Japan!
The CBC's Julia Caron spoke with Pierre Chevrier about the crop and its future in Quebec's north. He's vice president of the Commission of Natural Resources and Development for the James Bay territory.