A Fungus Amongus : Morning Mushroom Hunting
It rained this morning and its humid which lends itself to a new crop of mushrooms growing about the yard. Mushrooms are another one of those things on my “it feels magical” list. So I decided to head outside and get some pictures. I was amazed at the wide variety of types sprouting about. Below are some photos I grabbed throughout the yard. I’ve also included some interesting facts about mushrooms in general.
Facts About Mushrooms
- The only plant source of vitamin D.
- Are a wonderful replacement for meat as they have a “meaty” taste.
- Contain a fiber called beta-glucan which regulates cholesterol.
- Also known as toadstools.
- Fat free and low in calories.
- A portabella mushroom has as much potassium as a banana.
- A “fairy ring” is a naturally occurring mushroom formation which causes the mushrooms to form an outline of a perfect circle.
- They are a fungus and unlike plants do not require sunlight.
- Provide B vitamins which provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbs.
- Used in traditional Chinese medicine for medicinal properties.
- Are about 90% water.
- Mushroom DNA is closer to humans than plants.
- Like human skin, mushrooms can product Vitamin D by being exposed to sunlight.
- There are more amino acids in mushrooms than in corn, peanuts or soybeans.
- Have their own immune system.
NEVER EAT MUSHROOMS YOU FIND WILD
AS SOME ARE POISONOUS
Photos From My Yard
Roy named this little red topped guy Fred. I have no idea why.
This one kinda freaked me out.
What your pants and feet look like after kneeling in the wet grass photographing mushrooms.
A FEW SIZE SAMPLES
A couple of photos I took the next day when Roy and I noticed a new large mushroom that had sprouted.
Obligatory second silly photo.