Forecast of a good mushroom season in the Pyrenees of Lleida
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The rains in August have favored the advancement of the campaign. In the Catalan Pyrenees, such as Pallars Sobirà, Pallars Jussà and Val d'Aran, they have collected boletus edulis, chanterelles, senderuelas, chanterelles
Amateur mushroom pickers have started the first mushroom harvests in the forests of the Lleida regions, especially in the middle and upper reaches of the Pyrenees. In August, the rains in the Pyrenees of Lleida have been above average and, together with the relatively low night temperatures, have made it possible for the campaign to be brought forward more than 15 days and it has already been possible to collect chanterelles, boletus edulis, chanterelles, senderuelas, etc. in areas of Alta Ribagorça, Alt Urgell, Pallars Sobirà, Pallars Jussà and Val d'Aran. Experts predict that this year's mushroom campaign will be higher than the average of the last 18 years.
For yet another year, restaurateurs and hoteliers in the mountain regions of Lleida await the arrival of customers looking to eat mushroom dishes and go pick up chanterelle mushrooms, chanterelle mushrooms, popcorn, bold mushrooms, orange chanterelle mushrooms, reddish cat tongues, manecillas, cape capricorns or boletus edulis, among others. In addition, many mushroom pickers will take advantage of the displacement to extend their stay to go sightseeing.
It is normal for the mushroom season to start at the end of August or the beginning of September, but this year the fruits have appeared before time thanks to the fact that in spring and summer the rains have been above average in the Pyrenees of Lleida and overnight temperatures have been relatively low. For example, since the beginning of June in Bonaigua 414 mm have fallen (the average is 260 mm); in El Pont de Suert, 386 mm (240 mm on average), and in Port del Comte, 201 mm (the average is 220 mm).
The Forest Technology Center of Catalonia highlights that the copious rains that have fallen have led to the mixing of mushrooms from different seasons, such as the senderuelas, which are born in the meadows in May and June, and the boletus edulis and the chanterelles, which do not usually come out until well entered September and October. As for the predictions, the 2013 mushroom harvesting campaign could be the best in the last fifteen years and up to 84,000 tons of fruit could be obtained, twice as much as last year. For this to happen, it is necessary that the cold stays at night, that there is a good temperature during the day and that the wind blows very little.
Conferences and fairs
In addition to mushroom hunting, visitors can take part in the 19th edition of the Mushroom Gastronomic Days in Alta Ribagorça (from October 11 to November 3, with the participation of 12 restaurants), the IX Solsonès Gastronomic Days , the 5th “Truffle Cuisine” Gastronomic Show and the 12th Pallars Jussà Mycological Conference.
As for fairs related to the world of mushrooms or that include this product, we find the Peracamps-Llobera Grafting Fair (October 5 and 6), the Sant Llorenç de Morunys Autumn Fair (October 6), the Níscalo Fair in Coll de Nargó (October 12), the Mushroom Fair and the Mushroom Seeker in Solsona (from October 18 to 20), the Tírvia Autumn Fair (October 26 and 27), the Isona i Conca Dellà Mushroom Fair (October 27), the Oliana All Saints Fair (November 1) and the Vilaller Boletus Edulis Festival (November 2).
Source: Bulletin Ara Lleida / Llleidatur
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