A Chinese investigative news program Xi'an Up Close became a national laughing stock after a "mysterious mushroom" its investigative reporter featured on the show turned out to be a self-pleasure sex toy.
A giant white truffle dug up in Tuscany, Italy and weighing 1.497 kilograms was sold at auction today, setting a new world record truffle price when billionaire businessman and Macau casino owner Stanley Ho paid $330,000 for the mushroom.
White mushrooms ready for cooking. While common, they are just one of the many types of mushrooms cultivated and eaten.
Ganoderma lucidum, an oriental fungus, has a long history of use for promoting health and longevity in China, Japan, and other Asian countries.
Specimens of Amanita bisporigera at varying stages of maturity collected from the fruiting patch where the patient and her husband had foraged. (bar = 5 cm). Inset shows the two-spored basidium, which is characteristic of the species.