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.

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