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BC Wild Mushroom Season Dried Up?

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The record-breaking dry weather has put a real damper on the BC wild mushroom season. Joe Salvo of Ponderosa Mushrooms and Specialty Foods says so far,  it's the worst season he can remember.

Hundreds of professional pickers and amateur enthusiasts have been affected by the late start. Members of the Vancouver Mycological Society say that although there is some stuff out there, the woods are barren compared to normal years. Margaret Gallagher's search through the woods at UBC with mycological expert Paul Kroeger turned up only a few wood fungus and two shaggy parasols.

The rains have begun but the cold may not be far behind. A hard frost will end the season for most of the thousands of varieties of funghi found around the province. However, there are still mushrooms to be found, and with the wet weather you could see mushroom blooming within the next week or so.

If you want to find out more about mushrooms, check out the Vancouver Mycological Society webpage for info about events around the province, including Whistler, the Sunshine Coast, and in Vancouver.

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Paul Kroeger at UBC with some wood fungus
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The relatively slim pickings at the October Vancouver Mycological Society meeting


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