• Nez Perce National Historical Park. Front Page banner photograph is of Heart of the Monster, an ancient place where the Nez Perce creation story originates. The secondary page photograph is of Nez Perce beadwork.

    Nez Perce

    National Historical Park ID,MT,OR,WA

Mushrooms and Other Fungi

morel mushroom

Mushrooms grow sporadically at sites such as Heart of the Monster, Idaho.

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By passing down their knowledge through generations, the Nez Perce have been able to locate, recognize, harvest, and use various mushrooms as food. Dried mushrooms were soaked to reconstitute them and then were fried or boiled. They could also be dried for winter. Many mushrooms are fairly high in nutritional value. They provide small but meaningful amounts of calories, fiber, vitamin C, and minerals such as iron, copper, and zinc.

 
mushrooms

Brightly colored mushrooms like this one may grow out of stumps, soil, and on living plants at park sites such as Spalding, Idaho.

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Did You Know?

Canoe Camp. At the end of September, 1805, the expedition built canoes here for the last leg of their journey to the Pacific.

Nez Perce National Historical Park has three sites used by the Lewis and Clark expedition - the Weippe Prairie (1805), Canoe Camp (1805), and Long Camp (1806). The Lolo Trail, the ancient travel route used by the expedition in 1805 and 06 is also included as a park site.