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National Mushroom Month is an annual celebration established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to highlight the benefits of the mushroom.
We can’t all be together this year to celebrate in person, but Fantastic Fungi will lead the virtual gathering all month long!
Start by watching our National Mushroom Month music video…
Mushrooms are undeniably having a moment, gaining attention from mainstream agriculturalists for their health benefits and unique growing process.
Mushrooms grow in dead and decaying material, often underground. They have a network of spores that communicate with one another, and the diverse variety of mushroom types ranges from the delectable morel to the psychedelic psilocybin.
Many people can benefit from consuming mushrooms medicinally, and National Mushroom Month is an opportunity to learn more about how they can benefit you. Plus, you can go foraging mushrooms for free.
The USDA reports that more than 900 million pounds of mushrooms are produced in the United States every year. Not only that, but the Mushroom Council is committed to educating Americans with recipes and identification tips so that all people can enjoy the health benefits of mushrooms.
Mushrooms can be found in all different kinds of landscapes, but it’s a good idea to start learning about the ones that grow in your region.
For instance, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you may want to learn about the mushrooms that typically grow on rotting logs rather than desert mushrooms. Foraging mushrooms can be a great pastime with tremendous benefits.
In Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, they host an annual Mushroom Festival which has been occurring since 1986. It started as a simple scholarship support fund and to highlight the region’s biggest cash crop. Now, it has grown to a full-fledged festival with booths, entertainment, exhibits, and opportunities to sample culinary delights directly from vendors.
How will you celebrate National Mushroom Month?