VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The risk of wildfires across BC remains relatively high, especially as we return to this hot, dry weather.
As long as they happen away from populated area, fires are actually good news for the mushroom industry.
Certain types thrive in a post-fire environment, especially morels says Vancouver Mycological Society’s Paul Kroeger. “Following a forest fire, there can be hundreds of pickers descending on a major burn area to partake in the harvest. Outdoor buyers will set up shop on the access roads and buy the fresh morels.”
Most of the dried morels you see in the supermarket are picked in wildfire-scorched terrain.
“The bottom line is following the right type of fire, at the right time, there can be enormous production of mushrooms, especially the edible morel species.” he explains. “A lot of them are sold to the restaurant trade. Restaurants will feature special dishes, they will serve morel sauce on the dish or chanterelle wild mushroom pilaf.”