All mushrooms are edible. Some only once.
I live in a part of the world where deadly poisonous mushrooms grow rampantly under certain conditions. The Amanita phalloides is also known as the Deathcap mushroom.
Unfortunately, these deadly poisonous mushrooms look very similar to tasty and nutritious mushrooms that grow in other parts of the world, for example Asia’s popular straw mushroom.
In 2012, two people died after eating these mushrooms at a New Year’s Eve dinner party in Canberra, and in 2014 four people were seriously poisoned.
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Death by poisonous mushroom must be a harrowing way to go, because you don’t die immediately. Rather, you feel worse and worse, and no doubt realise at some point that you have eaten a deathcap. However, by the time you start to feel ill, it is too late.
Andy Warhol’s Eat
40 minutes of watching the starving pop artist Robert Indiana gnaw on a raw mushroom. Mushrooms in Hayao Miyazaki Films
Food is important to
, and mushrooms are an important part of Japanese cuisine, so naturally mushrooms feature heavily in his animated films. Hayao Miyazaki Mushroom Men
Witch with mushroom men’ by Austrian painter and graphic artist Franz Wacik (1883-1938)
from the book ‘Mein Skizzenbuch’, by German artist Heinz Geilfus, 1930s
Little Nemo- Dream Another Dream by Yuko Shimizu, a tribute to Windsor McKay (Little Nemo in Slumberland, 1905 to 1914) Tove Jansson’s rare illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, 1966 Edwin John Prittie illustration for Bumper The White Rabbit by George Ethelbert Walsh, 1922 David Hall’s conceptual art for Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, 1939 Richard Doyle 1870 Eric Kincaid’s Alice In Wonderland Mushroom and Toadstool Shade Umbrellas
a gnome smoking a pipe German artist Martin Wiegand 1867-1961 Cafe In The Wood Fritz Baumgarten (German, 1883-1966) “Back Home After Travels” by Fritz Baumgarten (1883-1966) Fritz Baumgarten. 1883-1966
Ray Harryhausen (1920 – 2013) 1961 unused illustration for “Mysterious Island” by Cy Endfield
illustration by Leon Carre, (1878-1942) for the 1924 edition of ‘Au Jardin Des Gemmes’ (In the Garden of Gems) by Leonard Rosenthal
“Travelers” by Petro Kozlanyuk Illustrator Ivan Kryslach
Mushroom by Victor Hugo 1850 Mother Mushroom with her children, ca.1900 by Edward Okuń by Margaret Tarrant
Toadstool fairies Swiss painter, illustrator, and author, Mili Weber (1891-1978)
About the Dwarfs and Little Orphan Mary – Maria Konopnicka Illustrator Janusz Grabianski, 1970s mushroom illustration for the letters E & F from the book Fairyland ABC written by Grace Floyd 1890 Ocke, Nutta och Pillerill, Elsa Beskow 1939 Hier wohnt das Glück, Happiness dwells here in Austrian by Ida Bohatta-Morpurgo
The Toast by British children’s illustrator Angus Clifford Racey Helps, who uses a mushroom as a table. For Mushroom Haters
Header illustration: ‘Periwinkle Painting the Petals’, by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite 1923