Rains Fuel Northern California Mushroom Boom

Dec 30, 2014 9:28 AM

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - Recent heavy rains have brought a blooming of mushrooms to parts of Northern California.

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports that lands that were pounded by drought just a few months ago are now seeing an explosion of both poisonous and edible mushrooms after about 2 feet of rain saturated grassy hillsides and swelled streams in Sonoma County.

It has been especially fruitful that the rains have been mixed with mushroom-friendly warm weather.

Darvin DeShazer of the Sonoma County Mycological Association says the fungi are "popping out of the ground everywhere right now."

The bloom has brought a mushroom boom to restaurant menus, farmers markets and foraging classes around the region.


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