Fungi are a large group of organisms that range greatly from tiny living things such as yeasts and moulds to much larger and more familiar mushrooms such as the Champignon mushrooms and truffles. There are many different types of fungi that can be found almost all over the world. Scientists estimate there actually might be up to 5 million different fungus species, and as you will see in today’s post, some of them are very interesting. From the Brain Mushroom and the Bleeding Tooth Fungus to the iconic Fly Agaric, check out this list with different types of fungi. Here are 25 Most Bizarre Mushrooms You Need To See.
Blue Milk Mushroom
Also known as the Indigo Milk Cap or the Indigo Lactarius, the Blue Milk Mushroom is a fungus species that grows in forests throughout North and Central America and East Asia (during rainy season). Notable for its unusual blue coloration, this mushroom has a pleasant, earthy smell, and a sweet lightly pungent flavor.
Lion's Mane Mushroom
Easily recognizable by its white long spikes, the Lion’s Mane Mushroom is known by many other names such as Bearded Tooth Mushroom, Hedgehog Mushroom, or Satyr’s Beard. Native to North America, Europe, and Asia, it can be found growing on hardwood trees. Despite its strange looks, it is edible, and its taste is compared to seafood.
Contrary to its name, the Lobster Mushroom is not a true mushroom but rather a fungus that grows on certain species of mushrooms, turning them a reddish orange color that looks like cooked lobster. Eventually, this edible fungus even begins to transform the shape of the host mushroom, twisting it into odd contortions.
Arguably the most recognizable mushroom on the planet and widely known as the hallucinatory mushroom responsible for Alice’s trip into Wonderland, the Fly Agaric is a brain-altering fungus native to areas throughout certain regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is classified as poisonous, but it actually can be eaten after parboiling.
Widely distributed in North America and Europe, the Brain Mushroom can be found under coniferous trees (trees that produce cones). This species of fungus was found to be poisonous, but it is still eaten is some countries. The mushroom is characterized by its red-brown cap that resembles the human brain.
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