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Morels From the forests to a multi-million dollar business

February 16, 2012

He started out by picking wild mushrooms in the forests of the Okanagan then he began selling his mushrooms directly to restaurants.

Now Gord Weighill’s Kelowna-based company has expanded into a multi-million dollar business.

Mikuni Wild Harvest sells organic produce and specialty food products annually to hundreds of the top restaurants across North America.

The company has benefited from increasing consumer demand for organic food across the continent.

More than 1,500 restaurants across Canada and the U.S. buy produce from Mikuni.

Referring to mushrooms he bought from the company, Chef Jesse Croy of Sunset Bistro at Summerhill Winery says the mushrooms are as organic as possible and contain no chemicals.

The company’s headquarters are located in a Kelowna basement, but they have offices and warehouses in major cities like New York, Lax Vegas and Seattle.

Morels and Forest Fires

February 16, 2012

The fires that affected our National Forest’s in Central and northern British Columbia left a legacy that has been repeated thousands of times in BC’s natural history. The burned areas provide ideal conditions for the growth of morel mushrooms, a fungus that is collected around the world and highly revered for its delicious flavor.

Morels grow abundantly in the first year after a forest fire if conditions are suitable. The time of year of the burn and the amount of rainfall after a fire are critical factors in determining morel production in these areas.

This web site gives the data for the forest fires around BC in 2011.

Chanterelle Mushrooms

February 16, 2012

Chanterelle Mushrooms (Use knife to cut stalks)

These mushrooms have a bright yellow to orange cap with a wavy margin. The cap becomes depressed in the middle and looks funnel shaped as the mushroom matures. The stem has the same colour as the cap. Shallow gills or ridges extend from the cap part way down the stem. These mushrooms have an apricot fragrance and a peppery after taste when eaten raw.

Chanterelles are found in jackpine stands that have a groundcover of reindeer lichen. Excessive tramping in the forest when conditions are dry will damage the lichen which is essential for the growth of these mushrooms. Therefore, avoid searching for wild mushrooms when the groundcover is dry.

Chanterelles begin to appear around mid-July and continue producing if conditions are favourable until freeze-up. These mushrooms rarely have worms in them compared to some of the other species.

Chanterelles can sometimes be confused with Jack O’Lantern (Omphalotus olearius) which have a bright yellow colour, grow in large clusters around stumps and give off a greenish glow when placed in the dark. Jack O’Lantern are poisonous and should not be touched.

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