• 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.

NPS Photo

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.


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

NSP Photo


Did You Know?

The great Nez Perce rodeo rider Jackson Sundown on his horse, circa 1920. NPS photo NEPE-HI-1922

Horses came into Nez Perce country about the 1730s and the Nez Perce became well known for their large herds of fine horses. The Nez Perce practiced selective breeding to obtain the traits of intelligence, endurance, and speed.