Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Wee Fungus Amongus

We've had a very cool and wet autumn thus far in central Switzerland. So cool and wet that the mushroom population has exploded - right up to the side of just about every path, not only in the forest.

They are popping up...

...along sidewalks...


 

...in neighborhoods.

And the Swiss love themselves some mushrooms

A Swiss man could be described as a "fun-guy"...to gnome one is to love one. 

*Ahem.* 🍄😃

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 It is a common sight to see people out and about gathering wild mushrooms in baskets or paper bags. But one can not go willy-nilly gathering mushrooms across Switzerland. Oh no, the Swiss also like their rules. (Well, except when it comes to Covid, but that is a post for another day). 

The governing body for mushrooms is: Vereinigung amtlicher Pilzkontrollorgane der Schweiz (Association of Official Mushroom Control of Switzerland) and each individual Canton (state) has its own set of rules. 

Personally, I like mushrooms on my pizza or in my spaghetti as much as anybody, but I am more inclined to buy them at the grocery store where I know they are edible. And I don't have to worry about getting fined!

On a different note, a musical one of sorts, today's wee poem focuses on another valuable aspect of mushrooms:

mushrooms assemble
to orchestrate
a decomposition
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

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30 comments:

  1. HA! First the punny description of a Swiss man, but I nearly spit my tea at your haiku "punchline!" Well played. VERY well played!

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  2. Such a clever wee poem! Enjoyed this mushroomy goodness (love that gnome!). Interesting about the mushroom gathering rules.

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    1. Thanks, Jama! The Swiss are known for a lot of things - chocolate, cheese, watches, knives, and of course, their mushroom rules. ;)

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  3. Your wee mushroom poem made me laugh, Bridget. I wish I knew enough to go foraging for edible fungi. They are fascinating!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! Yes, I think it'd be interesting (and delicious) to gather my own mushrooms, but studying the rules and safety guidelines in another language has me hesitant. Grocery store mushrooms may not be exotic, but I won't die or go broke from eating them. (well, I hope not!) ;)

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  4. You do know your science, Bridget! Yes, 'decomposition'! I know we do not have rules except the overarching "beware", be sure they're edible & won't kill you! You know I love hearing all about your home culture. And those pictures, wow!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! There is the 'beware' rules, but also times of day you can gather rules, how much per person you can gather rules, time of year rules, etc. Nothing is left to chance. ;)

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  5. Tee hee. that's super funny that there are mushroom rules! I took a photo of a fungus I called "brains" recently...it looks exactly like your first photo. I didn't realize it was any kind of mushroom. I think I'll stick to the grocery store too. You are so fun. Thanks for the fun post!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! So interesting about the different shapes, sizes and colors of fungi. Maybe the brain shaped ones are hallucinogens? Yay for grocery store safety! :)

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  6. Oh, this is a delightful post. Thank-you for the joy. I am astounded that there are rules around mushroom gathering. But I love that mushrooms have spawn such a clever haiku!👏

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    1. Thanks, Kat, and thanks for your clever 'spawn' wordplay, too! I like what you did there. :)

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  7. I savor this post - every bit! I have noticed them popping up in new and interesting varieties this year- clearly a bumper crop. In a neighbor's yard they were arranged in a sort of circle and I thought "fairy ring." Love thinking of what mushrooms are orchestrating, as in your enchanting haiku.

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    1. Thanks, Fran! Oh, I like thinking of the 'fairy ring' in your neighbor's yard. I like to think of a micro community of gnomes having a 'field' day. ;)

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  8. Love your haiku! I wonder what the rules are? When my mom was young, her mom would have her collect mushrooms, but those were just on their property.

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    1. Thank you, Tabatha! Basically, the rules are about when, where, how much, what time of day, which cantons, etc. From what I have observed, the Swiss don't leave much to chance. ;)

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  9. I think mushrooms are fascinating and so strange. Yours look rose colored in one of the photos. Your haiku captures how important fun-guys are to us. Interesting the Swiss have a governing body for mushrooms. It just shows that Europeans know what really matters.

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    1. Thanks, Janice! I've been given a whole new perspective on the world living in Switzerland...most of the time for the better, but sometimes for the worst. :)

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  10. I am a mushroom lover, Bridget, but when they cover my big front tree bases, I just want them gone. Your haiku is spot on!

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Yes, they can be quite invasive. I guess another level of 'beware'. :)

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  11. These fungi have invaded our area as well, right after that last hurricane, Delta. A pile of them in my yard have started to smell something terrible. I can't find out what they are. Some think they are root fungi that destroys the plant. I hope not because they are near some old oaks. You're inspiring me to write about them. Your little haiku is just right, "assemble for decomposition." Fun word play.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret! Glad I have not had the pleasure (?) of smelling these fungi. Yay for inspiration! I look forward to the poetry that is 'spawned' by the mushrooms in your neck of the woods.

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  12. Gah! Decomposition! Brilliant haiku, Bridget. I'm ready for your encore. :D

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! You are always a good 'spore't about my goofy poems. :)

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  13. Too funny, Bridget - Thanks for all, and who knew there were governing boards for mushrooms?!

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    1. Thanks, Robyn! There is a governing body for just about everything in Switzerland. ;)

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  14. This post is such fun from start to finish--a masterpiece of wit and wordplay! That haiku is simply fabulous!!!

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  15. Thanks, Molly! I appreciate your kindness. :)

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