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Commercial Harvesting Season Opens Across Oregon On Prized Mushrooms

One could argue that the summer fun’s largely wound down with the end of the Labor Day weekend and school back in session.  But if you’re a fungi enthusiast, good times are just beginning. 

Starting September 3 rd, four national forests in Oregon will open the year’s commercial harvest season for matsutake mushrooms. Found under trees, these edible mushrooms are prized for their piney, cinnamon-like aroma, firm, chewy flesh, and versatility in recipes ranging from soups to spring rolls.

Chiara Cipriano of the Willamette National Forest says this season’s a bit safer given the lower rates of wildfires compared to previous years.  But it's still good to be cautious.

“We advise folks to have very good understanding of what characteristics the edible ones have, and our website does have a few tips for how to find the edible version of each type of mushroom.”

Matsutake mushroom season ends November 3 rd. Permits are available for the Deschutes, Umpqua, Willamette, and Fremont-Winema National Forests.  They cost $200 for the 62-day season, $100 for half the season, and $8 per day with a three-day minimum purchase.

Copyright 2019, KLCC.

Copyright 2019 KLCC

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. He is a 20-year reporter who has worked at NPR, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012.