12/30/2014 03:48 EST | Updated 03/01/2015 05:59 EST

Fungus lovers rejoice as rains fuel mushroom boom in drought-stricken California

SONOMA, Calif. - Recent heavy rains have brought a mushroom boom to parts of California.

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat ( ) reports that lands parched by a three-year drought just a few months ago are now seeing an explosion of both poisonous and edible mushrooms after about 2 feet of rain saturated grassy hillsides and swelled streams in Sonoma County.

It has been especially fruitful that the rains have been mixed with mushroom-friendly warm weather.

Darvin DeShazer of the Sonoma County Mycological Association says the fungi are "popping out of the ground everywhere right now."

The bloom has brought a mushroom boom to restaurant menus, farmers markets and foraging classes around the region.


Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat,