Mushrooms appearing early

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Heavy rains and cool temperatures apparently are giving rise to the record early appearance of wild mushrooms in Norwegian forests. The varieties called piggsopp and steinsopp are popping up all over.

Mushroom hunting is normally an activity reserved for the late summer or autumn, when the hobby is so popular that local municipalities set up information booths and staff them with mushroom experts who can sort through pickers’ baskets and determine which are edible and which are not.

That won’t happen until later in the season, but some enthusiasts are already collecting mushrooms, reports newspaper Aftenposten. The early harvest is believed to be made possible by record warm temperatures in April and May, followed by a record-wet June.

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