Do you like mushrooms? Have you ever seen a mushroom growing in the wild or foraged for one? What do you know about fungi, in general?
In this post, we'll share fun fungi facts and 5 free stock images of mushrooms growing in nature. So, keep scrolling and download all of these images, today!
1. Fungi absorb nutrients from organic matter.
Much like humans, fungi like mushrooms need water and oxygen to survive. Fungi also contain a fibrous substance within their cell walls called chitin, much like animals. In contrast, plants do not contain this substance.
2. Fungi are one of the largest life forms on the planet.
Did you know that the largest living organism on planet Earth is a single honey mushroom, akak Armillaria ostoyae. This large mushroom, measuring around 3.5 miles (5.6km) wide occupes over 2,000 acres of land and is belived to be more than 2200 years old.
3. Mushrooms are able to stay dormant for years at a time.
Some mushrooms have the ability to remain dormant underground for several years. These mushrooms wait until weather conditions are ideal before distributing spores. Cool, right?
4. When it comes to fungus, mushrooms are the fruit.
Mushrooms are a part of a much larger, more dynamic underground fungus. Much like an apple is to a tree, mushrooms could be considered to be a fungus' fruit.
5. Mushrooms are a source of vitamin D.
Nearly all edible mushrooms produce vitamin D. In fact, mushrooms are one of the few foods you can find the in the fresh produce section at markets that contain this essential vitamin. Amazing, isn't it?