Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Spain's first mushroom market reopened this morning

The first, possibly the only, market (lonja) in Spain that deals exclusively with wild mushrooms is located, believe it ir not, in Jimena de la Frontera. And it reopened its doors this morning after a year in suspension owing to the construction of a new local police station next door as well as to last year's bad season for chantarelle mushrooms (photo) - the specialty of Los Alcornocales Nature Park. The species that will be sold this year, as well as chantarelles, are amanita cesareas and boletus. The auction system here is 'in reverse', that is, the starting price per kilo is usually between €15 and 16 and goes down until a wholesaler decides on a price he wants to pay. Bids are done electronically, which opens this market to other places in the area.

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