Mushroom Hunting ;

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Why did the Fungi leave the party? There wasn't mushroom.
Is it forecast for mild, sunny weather? Is it late April? Are you prepared to spend a whole day in a forest with a basket and a stick? If you answered yes to all three questions, then it looks like you’re ready. 

As mushrooms are the world's best poison, some good guidelines to follow are:
1. Only pick what you are 100% is not poisonous. There are a lot of close twins in mushrooms, so take a lot of care with what you pick. Grandmothers normally know the difference. 
2. Cook the mushrooms. If in the odd case they are poisonous, cooking them will make them (slightly) less deadly.
3. Be very, very careful with what you pick.

Mushroom Hunting has been around for hundreds of years, with it's origins lying in Europe. Unless you are with a particularly wise Russian grandmother, it would be a good idea to take care if you are mushroom hunting in Melbourne. As the Czechs like to say: "Every mushroom is edible, but some only once." 

There are three kinds of mushrooms below. The first in the overflowing bucket is what was dubbed the "butter mushroom", translated loosely from Russian. The second is the Saffron Red Cap, and the others are all wild and poisonous. 



At least my mum thinks I'm cool.