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Mushroom business flourishes after rain in Korat
« on: May 28, 2017, 06:10:07 PM »
Mushroom business flourishes after rain in Korat

Pimpisa Korapak (right) sell mushrooms to customers at a roadside stall on Highway 304 in Muang district in Nakhon Ratchasima. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

As people in Bangkok are dreading more downpours, residents in this northeastern province are praying for more rain.

Every day for the past week, people in tambon[/img] Pru Yai in Muang district have been up early, venturing into Pru Yai arboretum to collect a variety of wild mushrooms. The heavy rain that has pounded the area has produced a bountiful crop of the fungi, which the villagers sell at a stall by Highway 304, the main road linking Muang and Pak Thongchai districts of Nakhon Ratchasima province.

The piles of mushrooms sell for between 100 and 300 baht, depending on their type and size.

Vendor Pimpisa Korapak said on Sunday that hed cone, the mushroom scientifically named Termitomyces fuliginosus Heim, has been the most popular for buyers -- and the most lucrative for sellers. It has been priced at up to 300 baht a pile, she added.

The rain has been a blessing for people in Pru Yai as it has stimulated enormous mushroom growth in the forest, she explained, adding: "They give us additional money."

More blessings are in store for Mrs Pimpisa and other mushroom vendors, as the Meteorological Department predicts another wet week in some parts of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Rajit Sato, one of the buyers at the roadside stall, said wild mushrooms are not easy to find in markets, and took this rare opportunity to buy hed kai, or Russula virescens mushrooms, for home cooking.

However, every rainy season the Public Health Ministry warns pickers to be aware that some poisonous wild mushrooms can cause vomiting or even death.

Last year, four people died and 1,220 fell ill -- more than half of them in northeastern provinces -- after eating poisonous mushrooms, the Disease Control Department said.

So far this year, poisonous mushrooms have sickened 112 people, according to department statistics up until May 9. No deaths were reported during that time, but a man died on Thursday in Mae Hong Son after eating a poisonous mushroom and drinking alchohol.

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