Chinese villager finds the ‘king of mushrooms’

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 October, 2017, 12:53pm
UPDATED : Monday, 23 October, 2017, 2:59pm

Villagers in southwest China have discovered a clump of massive mushrooms, a news website reported.

The fungi, some of which are 83.5cm high, were found by a farmer foraging for mushrooms near a village in Tengchong in Yunnan province, reported.

“I’m 81 years old and have never seen such a big mushroom in my life,” the farmer was quoted as saying.

Villagers hailed the find as the “king of mushrooms”, the report said.

The largest has a diameter of 40cm, leading villagers to call them “elephant foot”.

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Yang Zhuliang, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Botany in Kunming, told the website the giant mushrooms were edible.

The farmer has put a fence around the mushrooms to protect them from visitors taking selfies and to stop them from eating them.

He also plans to preserve the fungi so more visitors can see them, the report said.