Monday, June 27, 2011
Amazing Nature: Lobster Mushrooms
This is where the lobster mushroom comes in. It is not actually a mushroom at all. It is a parasitic mold. As an inedible mushroom (often members of the Lactarius or Russula family) reaches maturity, the red mold infects the mushroom. It takes over the mushroom’s functions and uses them for its own functions, covering the entire outside of the mushroom, turning it red like a lobster. Most interestingly, the process turns a normally inedible mushroom into a choice edible.
Photo courtesy Joe Mabel via Wikipedia licensed under a Gnu Free Documentation License.