13 Deadliest Mushrooms on the Planet

5/11/2009 12:44:00 PM ·

Looks are deceiving. False Morels are beautiful but deadly. This mushroom species seems delicious. It is, but it's potentially fatal if eaten raw. It is a popular delicacy in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the upper Great Lakes region of North America. This mushroom's toxin is the gyromitrin and affects the liver, central nervous system and the kidneys. Symptoms of poisoning involve vomiting and diarrhea several hours after consumption, followed by dizziness, lethargy and headache. Severe cases may lead to delirium, coma and death after 5-7 days.

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Written by Norbert Bermosa

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