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Utah State Mushroom

Utah State Mushroom

In 2023, Utah became one of five states with an official fungus, adopting the porcini mushroom as its state mushroom. While many mushrooms are edible, we might not be able to survive without porcinis.

In Utah, the porcini mushroom can be found in mid- to high-elevation conifer forests from July through October. They are part of the mycorrhizal fungi that help provide 70-85% of all the nutrients forest trees need to survive. The mushrooms live in the soil, where they form partnerships with trees. The relationship seems eerily reminiscent of the movie Avatar.

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