Giant Honey Mushroom Discovered in China; Species Undetermined

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 03:33 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A giant 33-pound honey mushroom has been discovered in the Yunnan province in China, but it’s unclear yet what kind of mushroom it is and whether it’s safe to eat.

The giant mushroom measures 36 to 37 inches across the top, according to Science World Report, and although experts said it might be one of the largest mushrooms ever discovered, it doesn't top the Utah giant honey mushroom, discovered in 1998, which is estimated to be about 2,384 acres in size.

Although China’s mushroom is a baby in comparison, it may still be a record-setter for its species.

That species has not been determined yet, the CSM reported.

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Fungi, the category that mushrooms fall into, is “neither plants nor animals and instead form their own group of living organisms that generally reproduce by spores and contain nuclei with chromosomes.”

According to Science World Report, China produces about 50 percent of all mushrooms cultivated for eating in the world. The Yunnan forests grow about 600 species of edible mushrooms.

Although there are a large number of edible mushrooms in the forest, there are a number of dangerous and sometimes deadly mushrooms.

Four California women died last year from eating bad mushrooms, the amanita species, which are often confused for the highly sought-after wild chanterelle mushrooms in Northern California, according to Fox.

The mushrooms caused “Yunnan Sudden Death Syndrome,” which has killed 400 people in the last 30 years.

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