How about a PG-rated fungal joke, hm?
Q: What do you call a mushroom with a 9″ stem?
A: A Fungi to be with.
The joke only works if you pronounce it correctly. Not fun’-ghee or fun’-ghye but fun’-GUY.
I am only just skimming the surface on learning about the fabulous fungus. I know that they’re super-important to the soil ecosystem. I know they’re crucial for breaking down organic matter and making certain macro nutrients (which may otherwise be “locked up” in the soil) readily available for a plant’s use. I also know that you can eat some varieties; they are delicious raw or cooked if edible, make you sick or kill you if they’re not.
I know that when it rains a lot (which it has), they pop up virtually everywhere to reproduce. Like all over my yard.
If anyone recognizes any of these as edibles, I would love for you to share your knowledge with my readers. Just so you know, my gut tells me that none of them are. Truth is, though, I have no idea. The one in my hand at the end might be a candidate; I really only recognize Hen of the Woods (and I don’t have any at the moment), and that’s about as far as my foraging knowledge goes.
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