LES PLEUREUSES en DEUIL (B&W)
Women mourners, like in the Greek tragedies, that's what these look like to me... especially in B&W.
In fact they are The Buna Shimeji, a highly esteemed mushroom in Japan where cultivation techniques were first developed. About 10cm high.
In nature, Buna Shimeji grows on wood, often on beech trees hence the common name Beech Mushroom, an oyster-like mushrooms.
It is a slow growing mushroom, taking over 100 days from planting to harvest, the fairly slow growth probably adds to superior texture and flavour.
This group of edible mushrooms, native to East Asia, is a mycorrhizal fungus (similar to porcini and truffles)!
Not advised to eat raw, rather a bitter taste that disappears completely when cooked!
I love trying new things… not just in the studio…
Photograph them and then eat your props, lol!
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Why not view the set as a slide-show?
Also I often upload more than one image at the same time, I see a tendency to only view the last uploaded...
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