Although mushrooms have a love for the dark, we shouldn’t be left in it when it comes to matters of how our food gets to us.

So we’re going to explore the fascinating process of how those mushrooms you picked up at the supermarket are grown, harvested, and made it onto your plate!

Image: cut up mushrooms

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Whether they’re in your stir-fry, pasta, or topping your favorite pizza, these spongy fungi friends are a staple in diets around the world. But how many of us actually know how they’re produced?

Did you know that they’re actually the fruitbody of a fungus?

The wonderful series, How Does it Grow?from True Food TV brings us to Pennsylvania, where the majority of the United States’ mushrooms are grown! Let’s take a look inside the process…

Did you know that was what happens!

There’s so much about our food and the way we grow it that a lot of us just aren’t in the know about.

I sat down and binge-watched the majority of Season 1 and Season 2 (and honestly, a bit of Season 3 as well) of How Does it Grow? before writing this article, and there were aspects that blew my mind with every single episode. From asparagus to peaches, bell peppers, garlic, cranberries, and potatoes, there’s something about your favorite foods to discover. (Seriously, did you know that nectarines are really just peaches without fuzz? Because I didn’t.)

Knowing the story behind our food only increases our appreciation for it, as well as the people who work to bring it to our tables.

Okay, back to the fungus.

It’s everywhere. And can be used for so many things! If you want a taste of how truly amazing it is, all you have to do is click one of the following articles.

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Welcome to the Wood Wide Web, Meet the Internet of Fungus!

Did you know that trees are "talking to each other?" Yes! Forests are connected with an internet of fungus and there is an incredible network growing beneath our feet lovingly called the wood wide web!

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Fungi, the Technology of the Future?

Imagine a future filled with bricks, furniture, and leather made of mushrooms! That fungi-filled future is here and it's the kind of innovation that needs celebrating!

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Innovators to the End: Mushroom Burial Suits!

Ingenious people are always the ones dragging culture forward. It is time to start innovating when it comes to death. How about a mushroom burial suit!

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Stay open to new possibilities!

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Notes:

  1. “MUSHROOM | How Does It Grow?” YouTube, TRUE FOOD TV, 21 Feb. 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLtGRHX0sLI&index=2&list=PLv9GnIwtmHxAuFutSgy0_8P4yhsDUSf38&t=0s. Accessed 15 Aug. 2018.

Sam Burns

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Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and procurer of cheeses.

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