Chanterelles - Dave Bonta
The rain showers that hit Norway last week have come to the rescue of the country's mushroom pickers, causing their prized chanterelles to sprout in shady woodland glades across the country.
"Its going to be a good season I think," Reidun Braathen, the head of the Norwegian foraging association, told The Local." I've been out in the forests this weekend and picked a lot of mushrooms."
An unusually dry summer had led to a dearth of mushrooms, with almost no chanterelles visible in June or July.
"It has been a very dry summer and the season for chanterelles has been delayed," Braathen said. "All mushrooms need some humidity to grow, so if it's a very dry season, with no rain, there will be no mushrooms."
Braathen said a fantastic summer for berry-picking had more than made up for the mushroom shortage.
“It’s been a very very good year for berries," she said. "There are lots of blueberries, and it looks like there are a lot of cranberries and cloudberries too."