~ Mushrooms ~
There are possibly several thousand-mushroom species right here in NL. There are possibly hundreds of edible species. However, there are approximately 350, known thus far, that are edible.
The WNLDC hopes to harvest and produce four species of mushrooms within the coming year.
- Chanterelle Mushrooms
- The Red (Russula Paludosa)
- Winter Chanterelle Mushrooms
- Hedgehog or Sweet Tooth Mushrooms
Chanterelle Mushrooms are the most popular on the island. They are also a delicacy here and abroad. The Red Mushrooms were foraged and eaten by residents of NL in the past but has declined in popularity over the past two generations. We also have Winter Chanterelle Mushrooms, and Hedgehog or Sweet Tooth Mushrooms.
The latter three mushrooms grow in coniferous forest areas, which NL has in abundance. NL conifers include, Balsam Fir, Juniper, and Spruce varieties. The most popular mushroom, the Chanterelle, grows in sandy soil, which NL also has in abundance.
When harvested, and packaged these mushrooms can be enjoyed in several styles. Whether they be baked, fried, sautéed, or you could also dry and grin them for an extra shaking of flavor on your dishes. These NL mushrooms are worth bring to your table!