For Mushroom Lovers

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.

Food Safety News

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 Hayao Miyazaki, and mushrooms are an important part of Japanese cuisine, so naturally mushrooms feature heavily in his animated films.

Mushroom Men

Witch with mushroom men' by Austrian painter and graphic artist Franz Wacik (1883-1938)
Witch with mushroom men’ by Austrian painter and graphic artist Franz Wacik (1883-1938)

Mushroom and Toadstool Shade Umbrellas

Ray Harryhausen (1920 - 2013) 1961 unused illustration for "Mysterious Island" by Cy Endfield
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
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
“Travelers” by Petro Kozlanyuk Illustrator Ivan Kryslach
The Toast by British children's illustrator Angus Clifford Racey Helps, who uses a mushroom as a table.
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

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