• Sharon Prigan

Mushrooms Can Heal

"Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals nature's mysteries and could help save the planet...today"

Fantastic Fungi - The Mushroom Movie https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8258074/



Fabric mushrooms
Fabric mushrooms


The Mycology Adventures of Beatrix Potter


Most people remember Beatrix Potter as the author of beloved children’s books like The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but she had a lesser-known, but important career as a mushroom hunter and amateur mycologist!

In the new children’s book, Beatrix Potter, Scientist, author and Kansas City Star parenting columnist Lindsay H. Metcalf explores Potter’s work as an amateur mycologist who presented her research to England’s foremost experts.

While sexism kept Potter’s discoveries out of the scientific canon, the book shows some of her great work

https://fantasticfungi.com/the-mush-room/the-mycology-adventures-of-beatrix-potter/



Mushroom stems and heads
Stems and Heads

Nutritional benefits of eating mushrooms


You can’t go wrong with mushrooms. They’re fat-free, low-sodium, low-calorie, and cholesterol-free. They’re also packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Nutritional benefits vary depending on the type of mushroom. But overall, they are a good source of the following nutrients.

Antioxidants, Beta glucan, B vitamins, Copper, Potassium

The most common types found in grocery stores are:

  • shiitake

  • portobello

  • crimini

  • button or white mushroom

  • oyster

  • enoki

  • beech

  • maitake

They each have a unique look and taste.


When choosing your mushrooms, make sure they feel firm, aren’t moist to the touch, and are mold-free. They can be stored in a paper bag inside the fridge for about five days. Brush the dirt off and rinse them lightly when you’re ready to use them.


https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/are-mushrooms-good-for-you





Excerpt from the Witches Diary

Today is gloomy and wet. I venture outside and search for plump, fleshy fungi to prepare a warm broth. This time I venture close to big black rocks at the edge of the stream. Underneath I find what I am looking for. Rough, fleshy fungi, each one the size of my hand. I I take out my short sharp knife and slice them finely leaving a stem so that next week there will be more growth. I was taught never to destroy nature when taking from her bounty. To always leave something so that there could be renewal and growth.

Hiking back on the damp path I see small brown toadstools I take some of these as well. I can make a stew with the two cream roots from the cellar. Just enough for today's meal for one. I always share with the wild creatures.


Toadstool
Toadstool



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