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Friday, March 13, 2009

History of Edible Mushrooms











History of Edible Mushrooms


Mycophagy the act of consuming mushrooms, dates to ancient times. Edible mushroom species have been found in association with 13,000 year old ruins in Chile, but the first reliable evidence of edible mushroom consumption dates to several hundred years BC in China. The Chinese value mushrooms for medicinal properties as well as for food.
Ancient Romans and Greeks ate mushrooms, particularly the wealthier classes. The Roman Caesars would have a food taster taste the mushrooms before the Caesar to make sure they were safe. Mushrooms are also easily preserved, and historically have provided additional
nutrition over winter.

Many prehistoric and a few modern cultures around the world used psychedelic mushrooms for ritualistic purposes . Mushroom cultivation reached the United States in the late 1800s with imported spores from Mexico.
agaricus-bisporus.

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