The ‘forbidden fruit’ of medicinal mushrooms –

Via Scoop.itPermaculture Design Review

Why aren’t mushrooms being used more often for medicinal purposes? Despite documented use of mushrooms in other cultures (for instance, ancient Greece) thousands of years ago, Paul Stamets says some people have a fear of mushrooms — mycophobia — because the fungi are ephemeral and powerful.    George Hudler, a professor in Cornell University’s Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, doesn’t like the taste of them, but thinks there’s a lot of potential for mushrooms’ healing properties.   “In the next 10 years, we’ll just see an incredible expansion of our awareness of chemicals in mushrooms, hopefully even their use in conventional medicine,” says Hudler, who teaches a course on mushrooms at Cornell and once had dinner with Stamets.