Mushrooms are miracles of nature. They bear no flowers, nor
do they contain chlorophyll; from white to black,
they appear in a myriad of colors, shapes and sizes;
some have soft flesh, some are fleshless.
Most mushrooms occur in nature in accordance with
the autumn rains, while others appear in spring.
A rainless summer is a tragedy for the true mushroom
lover, for mushrooms contain high percentages of
water and require plenty of rain. They thrive in
woody areas in soil rich in humus. Their nutritional
value is high compared to green vegetables, through
not as high as the root vegetables. In terms of
fullness and aroma, mushrooms are regarded as highly
important in the world of gastronomy. Although wild
mushrooms are highly prized, cases of poisoning
from consumption of wild mushrooms are well known
because of the difficulty most people have in recognising
the poisonous from the edible varieties.