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Author: Rodrigo García Fernández /©ICEX
Translation: Lionbridge /©ICEX
Llorenç Petrás is one of the top mycologists in Spain. Self-taught Llorenç has become one of the most well-known faces at Barcelona's famous La Boquería market. There he displays his baskets and baskets of mushrooms (his stand is called Petrás Fruits del Bosc) which attract the gaze of every mycology amateur and professional who visits this market on the Las Ramblas boulevard. In season, here you will find more than 30 varieties of wild mushrooms, together with 70 species of cultivated mushrooms. Petràs' love for mushrooms was sparked off when he established contact with payeses (country folk) from Catalonia's rural regions when, back in the 1970s, he owned a company that bought and sold rabbit and chicken meat. He realized the excellent quality of the products that the payeses ate, such as asparagus and mushrooms, and so he threw himself into studying the local world of mycology.
He took the leap and at the end of the 1970s he opened a mushroom stall in La Boquería, on the advice of his close friend Ramón Cabau, the owner of one of the most famous restaurants in Barcelona at the time, Agut d'Avinyó. Now, more than thirty years on, Llorenç Petrás and his son still work away at their market stall where they sell different ranges of products: wild mushrooms from humid areas around Spain, cultivated mushrooms, mushrooms imported from Chile and different Asian and Central European countries, edible flowers, aromatic herbs, as well as duck products and special rabbit meat cuts, as a reminder of his first job.