The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct types: cultivated and wild. In myth and folklore mushrooms have always had something of a mystical connection: elves and fairies are often depicted sitting atop them, and they are known to spring up seemingly overnight in ‘fairy rings’. On a more practical level, many mushrooms and fungi can be poisonous or hallucinogenic. If foraging in the forest, it’s important to know what you’re looking for.
Find out about the health benefits of mushrooms with our guide.