posted on Feb, 17 2006 @ 08:06 AM
I don't really know where to put this thread, a mushroom isn't an animal. It's not really a plant either. But this particular mushroom I'm gonna
talk about is quite mysterious.
I've been trying to track down as much information as I can through Google about this particular species of mushroom that grows in Peninsular
Malaysia. The locals call it "Cendawan Busut," literally "Termite-mound Mushroom." I managed to get one entry for it's scientific name,
termitomyces albuminosa, but that plus the fact that it apparantly has a symbiotic relationship with termites nests is all the scientific bit
of info on it I could find.
This particular mushroom is edible, and quite tasty to boot, a bit like grilled chicken (no joke!). Physically, it looks a bit obscene, though. A bit
like a penis (just about the right size too). But slice the thing up to strips before adding it to the salad and it's all good.
So far nobody has been able to cultivate it -- anyone who does stand a chance to make loads of money here. What makes this particular mushroom so
special and mysterious is that it will only appear under the most special of circumstances.
Firstly, there has to be heavy rain the night before it will appear. Secondly, not just any rain will do, it has to be the thunderstorm variety, with
lots of lightning strikes. And finally, the lightning strikes must hit within 10-15 feet of a termite mound. If all those requirements are met, in the
morning you will find a cluster of these mushrooms popping out around the termite mound. Within 2-3 days they will be large enough to harvest.
One more bit of information I could gather (basically from old village folks) is that if you want the termite mound to sprout more of these tasty
mushrooms in the future, you mustn't pull the mushrooms out of the ground, but rather cut it near the base.
I'd post a picture, but like I said, I couldn't find much information much less a picture about this wonderful mushroom.
Any thoughts? Maybe any theories as to why it will only appear after those very specific conditions?
[edit - misspelled the genus name]
[edit on 17-2-2006 by Beachcoma]