Presenting Cyttaria darwinii 
Darwin first collected this fungus in his voyage to Patagonia on the Beagle. He descibed the fruiting bodies as “the colour of the yolk of an egg”, with varying sizes “from that of a bullet to that of a small apple”. He compares the gelatinous interior to “vermicelli pudding”. Of course, Darwin was not its first discoverer; he remarked that the Araucarian Indians of the Tierra del Fuego ate the mushrooms, uncooked, often with fish. They are still harvested in Southern Chile.  Read more, by Serena Zhao, Mushoom Observer: Encyclopedia of LifePhoto: Arthur Chapman via flickr

Presenting Cyttaria darwinii

Darwin first collected this fungus in his voyage to Patagonia on the Beagle. He descibed the fruiting bodies as “the colour of the yolk of an egg”, with varying sizes “from that of a bullet to that of a small apple”. He compares the gelatinous interior to “vermicelli pudding”. Of course, Darwin was not its first discoverer; he remarked that the Araucarian Indians of the Tierra del Fuego ate the mushrooms, uncooked, often with fish. They are still harvested in Southern Chile.

Read more, by Serena Zhao, Mushoom Observer: Encyclopedia of Life

Photo: Arthur Chapman via flickr

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