The Mushrooms of Treflach

Since the rains have come at the beginning of the month on the warm soils baked by the summer sun there has been a proliferation of fungi of all types on the grasslands and in the woods.  Some are poisonous but many are edible.  Poets have not tended to muse over the humble mushroom but their magic and mystery is amazing. 

They are a luxury food that can be eaten raw from the field that grows from spores in the soil into a capped cylindrical structure with ornate gills underneath supported by a sturdy trunk. 

If left this high protein, fibre and excellent source of antioxidant fungus will return back to the soil with the help of maggots who devour its flesh.   A mushroom strangely has characteristics of both plants and animals and thrives in Treflach where fungicide is not used.