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14 bizarre and beautiful mushrooms

April 17, 2014, 2:54 p.m.
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Gyromitra esculenta

One of several species of false morel, this species is commonly called the brain mushroom or turban fungus. It is considered a delicacy in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. — but only if prepared correctly. It is potentially fatal if eaten raw, so those planning to eat it need to be particularly careful to remove the poisonous gyromitrin, usually accomplished by boiling the chopped-up mushrooms several times.