Central Coast is fungi heaven
October 31, 2012
The nation’s second-biggest (legal) mushroom producing area can be found on the Central Coast. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Only Pennsylvania, where mushroom farming was pioneered, puts to market the volume and variety of edible fungus that can be found in the wild in Monterey Bay area. Among favorites that can be hunted here are restaurant favorites shiitakes and portobellos, as well as chanterelles, King Bolete, and the highly-prized candy cap.
Mushrooms are low-calorie and loaded with B vitamins, vitamin D, protein, lots of iron and minerals, and antioxidants — and some cultures attribute immortality and improved vigor to consumption.