Monday, September 03, 2007

Mushrooms and more

Mushrooms like these have suddenly popped up in various places throughout the neighborhood. Not being a mushroom expert, I don’t know what kind these are, but they probably aren’t edible.

Unlike the delicious portabella slices we had on baguettes tonight, expertly prepared by C, my favorite chef...

I recall "magic mushrooms" from years ago, when the group I used to run with occasionally went on ‘shroom hunts in the morning, then prepared spaghetti with "mushroom sauce" for dinner. This provided entertainment well into the early morning hours.

But none of us ever overdid it. Not like the kid I saw a few years later when I worked in ER. He was 13. He’d ingested enough ‘shrooms that he was no longer in our reality. He kept leaping about, trying to catch something only he could see, all while calling out numbers. "Seven, seven, thirteen, eleven, nine, three." He eventually returned to this reality as the night wore on, and was sent home with his chagrined parents. Perhaps he later became an accountant, an engineer, or a professional sports broadcaster…


Mushrooms are commercially produced in nearly every state. Pennsylvania, however, still accounts for over 55% of total U.S. production. (National Agricultural Statistics Service)

One portabella mushroom has more potassium than a banana. White and crimini mushrooms are also good sources of potassium. Potassium helps the human body maintain normal heart rhythm, fluid balance, and muscle and nerve function. (USDA)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Magic mushrooms provided some of the best accoutrements to entertainment at the Dead Shows in the early 90's.

Perhaps the ER was located near the Oregon Capitol, where the crazies ran unfettered, especially during the full moon.....?