Mushrooms can be quite mysterious. They seem to appear out of nowhere and suddenly disappear.

Social and cultural fear of fungi called Fungophobia developed in England. Stories, myths, superstition and ignorance have fuelled Fungophobia and misinformation about mushrooms1.
Fungophobia moved to America and Australia during the British colonisation and still exists today. Once we understand what fungi are, the flames of fear can be extinguished. We can embrace them in our lives and educate others.

A mushroom is the sexual organ of a much larger organism called fungi. The main purpose for the mushroom is to produce spores for sexual reproduction2.

Just like an apple is a fruit from an apple tree. The mushroom is often considered the fruit of the fungus and you will often see it referenced as the fruiting body.

Saprophytic fungi feed on dead or dying material through various stages of decomposition.
They are natures recycling system. Life depends on these mushrooms because they decompose animals and plants back into the ecosystem as compost and food4.
Saprophytic fungi, that feed on plant material are the most common mushrooms used for mushroom cultivation.
The fungus consists of a vegetative network called mycellium. It is made up of microscopic strands of cells (one cell wall thick), called hyphae3.
The mycelium grows through the organic material in a process called colonisation. The hyphal tips excrete many chemical compounds called fungal metabolites.
Some metabolites externally digest food before absorption, provide an strong immune system against parasites and disease, and communicate with the ecosystem6.
When conditions are right, the fungus forms a mushroom from tightly packed mycelium.
Slapes Mushroom House provide products and services to help in the journey of growing and understanding saprophytic mushrooms.
We provide products such as mushroom farms, spawn, additives, consumables and equipment through our shop.

1. “Fighting Fungophobia (or Mycophobia) …the fear of mushrooms“, Temperate Climate Permaculture. Retrieved 15/02/2018

2.”Radical Mycology, Atreatise On Sereing & Working With Fungi”, Chthaeus Press 2016, Author Peter McCoy, pg 9 Basidiomycota

3. “Mycelium Running, How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World”, Ten Speed Press 2005, Author Paul Stamets, Chapter 2 The Mushroom Life Cycle.

4 “Mycelium Running, How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World”, Ten Speed Press 2005, Author Paul Stamets, Chapter 3 Mushrooms in their Natural Habitats.

5.”Radical Mycology, Atreatise On Sereing & Working With Fungi”, Chthaeus Press 2016, Author Peter McCoy, pg14 From the center to the periphery

6.”Radical Mycology, Atreatise On Sereing & Working With Fungi”, Chthaeus Press 2016, Author Peter McCoy, pg15 the mystery of myceliation