Happy New Years! We hope your new year is filled with happiness and plenty of spores (from us ;) Here is your weekly news round-up.

Mushroom Heads (courtesy of Xiaojing Yahn)

It is Art.

Want to see some amazing art? And you don’t even need to mess with psilocybins to see it! Here is an article on how artists use mushrooms to illustrate different concepts. Like the effect of fossil fuels, death and decay, and contemplating the circle of life. Essentially: art for the end of the world. Check it out here.

Speaking of death…. Don’t go to San Francisco

Death Cap mushroom (attr: Archenzo)

Actually you can go to San Fran if you want. Just don’t go mushroom hunting unless you know what you are doing. Because of heavy rains, death cap and destroying angel mushrooms are beginning to fruit and spread in local parks. These mushrooms are some of the world’s most deadly to humans and to pets. So…. be careful! Check out the article here.

Lion’s Mane and Lobster

In The Know TikTok channel shares her experience with lion’s mane mushrooms and if it can replace fish. She starts by being disgusted and then cooks it and tries it. And—shocked—she ends up really liking it and promotes it as a viable alternative to fish sandwiches, lobster rolls, etc.. Here it is on Yahoo News

The super expensive Matsutake Mushroom (img: Tomomarusan)

Most Expensive Mushrooms

India News shares the five most expensive mushrooms. If you are American, you might not understand the conversion rate, but you can be confident that it’s A LOT. The Matsutake Mushroom costs RS 75,000 per Kilogram, which converts to about $1000 every KG.

An awesome dude in B.C.

Paul Kroeger of BC (img: Kyle Pearce)

This guy is awesome. Nice long beard. Observant. Helpful. He is Paul Kroeger, an amateur scientist in British Columbia who is an expert on wild mushrooms in a land where there are plenty of them. I mean, poison control comes to HIM whenever they are trying to identify what mushrooms a person ingested. He talks a bit about his life here and about the state of mushroom foraging. Great read