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Agaricus campestris / sylvestris

French: champignon


From the Old French "mousseron," from Latin "mussirio"

Mushrooms are vegetables without roots, leaves, flowers, seeds or chlorophyll which draw their subsistence from organic material. They propagate by means of single-celled spores.

Considered the food of the gods in the Pharaohs' time, the mushroom was also prized by the Roman army which, they say, drew its strength from it. But it is poisonous mushrooms and the characters, murders and mysteries associated with them who are best remembered by history. Among them: the Roman emperor Claudius, Nero, Pope Clement VII, the emperor Charles VII and countless other little folk who perished under the shadow of the mushroom.

A few varieties


Photo: ID 37576809 / aneva / MSCOMM

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