Mushrooms are a typical autumnal product and a very intriguing one too!
Don’t let their appearance fool you, though, they can be quite deadly. Let’s find out some interesting fun facts about these mysterious organisms.
- Mushrooms are more closely related to humans than to plants.
- Portabello mushrooms, button mushrooms, and white mushrooms are all the same mushrooms at different levels of maturity.
- Laetiporus is the name of an edible wild mushroom that tastes nearly identical to chicken/fried chicken!
- According to an ancient Greek myth, Perseus on his way back from a journey, to drink the water of a river he used hat of a mushroom. For that reason he founded a colony in that same spot and called it Mycene, which is the greek word for “mushroom”.
- If you go to Brasil or Japan you could be lucky enough to see the famous Chlorophos Mycena, fluorescent mushrooms that release luminous spores and look astonishing!
- According to a research conducted in Norwich, Italians, Austrians and Swiss are the people who eat more mushrooms in Europe.
- In the Middle Ages people thought mushrooms grew at night on the soil where witches had had a sabbath.
- Ever heard of the Mushroom of Immortality? The Chinese call it Reishi and they use it in infusions or liqueurs. For the high level of anti-oxidants it contains it helps achieving longevity.
- Magic Mushrooms are called ‘magic’ for their psychedelic properties. Largely used as a recreational drug for the many psychedelic compound they contain, they can cause euphoria, altered thinking processes, visions and altered sense of time and spiritual experiences.
And to end this post on a macabre tone…
10. The Death Cap Mushroom, as the name suggests can be quite dangerous! Not only it looks innocuous, but also it tastes rather nice. You wouldn’t even have time to realise you’ve been poisoned until it is too late for your liver and kidneys to survive. ?
Well, what a happy thought, right?
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