30: The number of “light-up” mushroom species. The chemical reaction called bioluminescence produces a glowing light known as foxfire. People have been known to use these fungi to light their way through the woods.
Ancient Egypt: The place where hieroglyphics featuring mushrooms were found dating back 4,600 years. Mushrooms were declared to be a food only for royalty, and no ordinary citizen was allowed to eat them. It was also believed that whoever ate the mushrooms would become immortal.
Chlorophyll: Mushrooms lack this, so unlike plants, they don’t need sunshine to grow and thrive. Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were actually set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV.
Fairy rings: These are associated with the magic and fairy lore of the mushroom fungus. The rings, also known as pixie rings, can grow as big as 30 feet across. The space in the middle of the circular configurations is said to be the area where fairies or elves make mischief and dance. Some of the oldest fairy rings exist at the site of Stonehenge, which many date back to 700 years. Some of the colonies are so large at Stonehenge that it is easier to view them by plane.
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