Annual mushroom madness at Latvian Natural History Museum

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Latvians succumb to a fungal frenzy come autumn: social media full to the brim with envious comments on the catch of the day, the best locations guarded from greedy knives and hands. Meanwhile, the Latvian Museum of Natural History offers the annual mushroom exhibition.

Latvia has over 4,000 species of mushrooms, but only 20-30 species normally get the glory of a basket background for social media. And they're no plain Janes either: for instance, Coprinus comatus (shaggy ink cap, lawyer's wig) resembles an egg white when fried but, if left to grow, produces ink fit for drawing.

The exhibition groups fungi into four categories: edible, inedible, poisonous, protected. Cooking tips included (hopefully not for the latter categories). Information is available also in English.

The museum also welcomes the policy of bring-your-own-mushroom for admiration.

The exhibition is open until September 13, with mush-room for wonder.

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