February 11, 2011

Uh... why is that fungus bleeding?

Did you know there's a really gross mushroom-creature known as the Bleeding Tooth Fungus (Hydnellum peckii)? It has other fun names too, like the Devil’s tooth and … strawberries and cream? Oh-kay.

The fungus's "blood" comes from a red juice that bleeds out on younger mushroom's. Hey, maybe that part tastes like strawberries! Oh, rats. According to Wikipedia, this fungus is inedible! But what would happen if someone ate the Bleeding Tooth Fungus anyway? Would their teeth start bleeding? Only one way to find out—

Nope, my teeth are fine. (But I sure hope that’s strawberry jam coming out of my ears!)

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