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Swedish teenager makes surprise mushroom find

Swedish teenager makes surprise mushroom find

Published: 26 Dec 2011 11:24 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Dec 2011 11:24 GMT+01:00

Swedish teenager Emmy Nilsson was out for a horse ride through the forest, during the week leading up to Christmas, when she made a rather surprising find – a large bunch of chanterelle mushrooms growing in a blueberry patch.

According to local paper BLT/Sydöstran, Nilsson made her Chanterelle discovery in Tokaryd, a small town in Blekinge, southern Sweden.

Nilsson admitted that it was on the horse Pedrolina's initiative that she made the surprising find.

“She wanted to go towards the forest, and I wanted to go home,” Nilsson told the Kvällsposten newspaper.

Nilsson confessed she is not big mushroom fan herself, so she gave the mushrooms to Pedrolina's owner.

According to Lars-Åke Janzon, a biologist at the Natural History Museum in Stockholm, the find is extremely unusual for this time of year.

“I have never heard of such a thing before. It isn't usual for Sweden at all, neither in the north nor the south. The explanation has to be the warm weather we've had for such a long time. The chanterelles think it is still autumn,” Janzon told Kvällsposten.

Nilsson said Pedrolina's owners have enjoyed the mushrooms over dinner and had planned to include them in the family's Christmas dinner as well.

There was reportedly no difference in flavour in the winter mushrooms compared to those from earlier in the season.

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15:00 December 26, 2011 by Gletta
Well there are also a number around the west coast north of Uddevalla so its not that exciting. Great insight by the biologist though.
15:37 December 26, 2011 by crezz9
where would you stumble across magic ones?
17:37 December 26, 2011 by waffen
Pedrolina did not "stumble" but naturally found the mushrooms and most likely through scent. However, horses have other senses that humans do not share. One of them is:horsesense.

My question is:did she share this "large bunch" with her family as well?

She is to be commended for thinking of the owners of Pedolina and giving her precious Winter find to them. They share their horse with her.

However, even though she is not a big "fan" of mushrooms does not mean that her family shares that same sentiment.

Thus, a portion of that "large bunch" should have as well gone to them.
17:45 December 26, 2011 by Steggles
I stumbled on some in the woods out here at Bettna.....thought nothing of it.
21:00 December 26, 2011 by Gletta
Waffen you talk a load of horsexxxx
21:08 December 26, 2011 by philster61
These aren't the magic type are they? Anybody know where this spot is?
23:23 December 26, 2011 by muscle
fee fu fum.... i smell something fishy.. where are the mushrooms
23:53 December 26, 2011 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
How can you smell something fishy in mushroom...it must be something "mushy", "roomy" or most likely "Messy". lol
08:17 December 27, 2011 by Decedo
STOP THE PRESSES...........mushrooms found in Sweden?!?!?
11:51 December 27, 2011 by skogsbo
you're right there decedo, listening to waffen you'd think they had found a pot of gold using a specially talented horse!

The horse probably didn't want to go home to get shut in the barn for days on end, hence trying to go the other way, they aren't daft. As for mushrooms a 30minute walk in any forest off the beaten track and will get mushroom. Not that's it common at this time of year, even in the south, but either way I don't think the county will be flooded with biologists.
22:09 December 27, 2011 by för30årseden
I guess not much happens in Sweden if this is news.
05:33 December 29, 2011 by Ahria
I can't believe this small town, almost, article is on here - not that it is a bad thing, but it is so odd, so unusual. Perhaps mushrooms, though, are a big deal in Sweden! I live in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.
14:12 December 31, 2011 by littlemu
Mushrooms of all kinds are very common in Sweden - until the end of October. It's already winter season and I don't know anyone who has found mushrooms in December before. This story is a good illustration of the warm weather in Sweden this year.
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