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Common Myths about Mushrooms



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Some common myths about mushrooms include identification, especially if they are poisonous. Many people believe that all white mushrooms are safe to eat, but this is a myth. One hazardous white mushroom that is poisonous is called the "destroying angel." Another myth about mushrooms is that heating or cooking the poisonous mushroom and stirring it with a silver spoon will draw the poison out of it, but you should never try this because this is false. Many people think that any mushroom is safe to eat once it is completely cooked. That is also another myth that you would not want to try, because you may become deathly ill.

If you are interested in collecting mushrooms from the wild, then you should be sure about the difference between the ones that can be consumed and the poisonous ones. If you have any doubt, then you should seek advice from a herbalist or other professional who can help you identify the type you have. Edible mushrooms are really good for you and they can be prepared many different ways and contain many natural healing properties, but you do not want to confuse the edibles ones with the ones that are poisonous.

Hundreds of species of edible mushrooms are available for you to choose from. Many myths about mushrooms come from old folk tales. These stories are surely not reliable, and some people who have tried have died from collecting poisonous ones. Poisonous mushrooms taste bad, another myth. That means the one you are eating may taste very good to you, but it can still be poisonous. Another myth is that poisonous mushrooms are red. A poisonous mushroom can be any color. You should never rely on things that you have heard about mushrooms, and it is best that you find out the truth by contacting an expert, like a herbalist. That would be someone who can tell you all about herbs.

No one should die because they have eaten a poison mushroom by mistake. You can get help in identification of mushrooms by a herbalist, or you can get help identifying mushrooms by looking online. If you love mushrooms, then the best thing for you would be to purchase them fresh from a grocery store. You can find mushrooms at almost any store fresh, frozen or canned. Mushrooms are served in a variety of cuisines around the world, and you can dine on them in restaurants.

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