Mushrooms and Other Fungi
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.
Did You Know?
In 1994 the Idaho Fish and Game Department drained Tolo Lake, a site of Nez Perce National Historical Park, for a restoration project. In the lake bottom, six to eight Columbian mammoth skeletons were found. A replica skeleton is on display in Grangeville, Idaho