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Mushrooms, The Friendly Fungi

What is a Mushroom Hunter?
Allison Eckstein

A mushroom walks into a bar, he asks if he can sit next to a guy, but the guy says no. The mushroom then says, “Why? I’m a fungi!” 

Since mushrooms certainly can’t talk, though it would make life a little more interesting, they do have a certain draw to them. At least for mushroom hunters they do. Much like the regular hunter, a mushroom hunter goes searching the woods to find their prize. Only, once they catch it, it’s a little more PG to watch.

Mushroom hunting or mushrooming, is a hiking hobby many people have picked up over the years. People explore the woods in search of wild mushrooms to gather.  Some will eat their finds while others just seek them out for the thrill of it.

Though this hobby may seem unconventional to some, it does come with its benefits. If you happen to stumble upon a non-poisonous mushroom, here are some of the health benefits According to UCLA Health:

  • Decreased risk of cancer
  • Source of vitamin D 
  • Protects brain health
  • Stimulates a healthy gut 
  • Supports a healthy immune system

Even if you find poisonous ones that you can’t take with you, being in nature will help with your mental and physical health. Fall is a great time to go for a hike and find your own friendly fungi. Good luck!

Allison Eckstein
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Allison Eckstein
Allison Eckstein, Staff Writer
I’m Allison, and I am a junior at Gateway. I’m passionate about all things artsy, and I know how to play the guitar. I am also a member of the Gateway Theater Department. When I'm not being a theater nerd, I’m on the tennis court.
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    MELISSA ECKSTEINNov 10, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    Fun!!! Love mushrooms.