|Mushrooms near my house in Singapore|
Mushrooms also fascinate me because some are edible and delicious, and others are terribly poisonous. A girl in my sister's high school class was from a foreign country where wild mushrooms were popular. Her family went mushroom hunting and mistook a poisonous Californian species for one safe in their home country. Everyone in the family (4 people!) required liver transplants as a result. It was very sad because the two children were quite young (11 and 16 I think), and transplants don't usually last longer than 20 years, and that's if you're lucky. I have no idea what happened to them.
I don't think I would ever be brave enough to eat wild mushrooms, but there's something very attractive about the idea of gathering them and feeding yourself as a result. I enjoyed the section about this in Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma very much.