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Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes


The Pine Mushroom Bonanza

Tricholoma Matsutake

Two weeks ago I reported that the mushroom fever had gripped the people living in the Arrow Laks area. The chanterelles started the bonanza. But when the first pine mushrooms popped up after the September rains, the focus shifted to the lucrative matsutake crop. Buyers were setting up shop in Nakusp and at Arrow Park. They grade the mushrooms on a 5-point quality scale. Number 1 mushrooms are buttons with the entire veil intact.  Today’s post is all about the variety which the Japanese love so much that they are willing to pay a small fortune for their unique smell and taste and perhaps for their aphrodisiacal qualities. I added the picture of a squirrel who also loves these fine specimens. Enjoy.


35 thoughts on “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

    1. Peter Klopp Post author

      It is a great mystery to scientists, who have studied these mushrooms. They cannot be grown commercially and must grow under special conditions in our forests. Indeed, mushroom picking is a lot of fun and very healthy. Thank you, Amy!

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    1. Peter Klopp Post author

      You will never find them in Denmark, Birgit. They need a special white clayish soil and thrive only in a mysterious symbiosis with trees in our forests. That makes them so special and pricey. Best wishes! Peter

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  1. shoreacres

    I loved the addition of the squirrel to the collection of photos. It’s quite appropriate, too, since squirrels not only enjoy eating fresh mushrooms, they’ll also dry them and store them in ‘pantries’ for use during the winter. Squirrels don’t live by acorns and nuts alone!

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  2. Anonymous

    We don’t have mushrooms in our area. The squirrels that inhabit our backyard have subsisted for years on the numerous loquats from our neighbor’s tree that hangs over our fence. Our local deer have enjoyed the abundant loquats, too. But this year the loquats didn’t come. I guess the tree that was planted around 45 years ago has gotten old. So the squirrels have returned to acorns. The deer are not so lucky. They have eaten all our flowers and now there is no more food for them.

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    1. Peter Klopp Post author

      Ja, es ist wirklich schön, wenn man gute Bilder und Kommentare aus aller Welt sehen und lesen kann. Du hast auch immer etwa Interessantes auf deinem Blog zu bieten. Viele liebe Grüße aus dem fernen Kanada, liebe Ulli!

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  3. Steve Schwartzman

    Like the other commenters, I wasn’t aware of these mushrooms and the special conditions in which they grow. Good for you.

    In rare seasons I’ve found morel mushrooms in Austin and have harvested good quantities; in most years I see none at all.

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