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Commercially Important Wild Mushrooms and Fungi of British Columbia: What the Buyers are Buying

Author(s) or contact(s): S.M. Berch and W. Cocksedge
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Mushrooms
Series: Technical Report
Other details:  Published 2003. Hardcopy is available.


Information collected from wild mushroom buyers in British Columbia in early spring indicated that over species of mushrooms have been commercially harvested from the forests of the province. Currently, however, two species-pine mushroom and Pacific golden chanterelle-dominate, and seven other species or species groups are handled by half of the buyers responding to the survey. Some of the fungi previously thought to be commercially harvested in British Columbia are in fact brought in from elsewhere. Also, misidentifications and taxonomic uncertainty in some cases mean that the exact identity of the fungi being harvested is not known. Nonetheless, this survey confirms that a variety of edible wild mushrooms from B.C. forests are commercially marketed.

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Updated May 17, 2007