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Man lugs home 57-pound mushroom

July 12, 2012 - 10:10 By 박한나


A Canadian man hunting for edible mushrooms in southeastern British Columbia stumbled upon an inedible whopper that weighed 57.4 pounds.

Christian Therrien, 62, and son Sebastien were combing through waist-high wild grass last week near Fernie when they spotted the enormous puffball mushroom, the Fernie Free Press reported.

"There was lots of laughing and screaming," Therrien said. "I've found a lot of 5- and 10-pound mushrooms, but when I came upon this one I was shocked."

He took the giant fungus home to weigh it and said he would return it to where he found it so it could release its spores and perhaps create a new generation of jumbo Calvatia gigantea.

Therrien said the mushroom weighed about as much as an 8-year-old boy.

His wife Mimi said she was investigating to see if it might be a world record, the newspaper said.

In any case, Therrien couldn't have hosted a mushroom banquet, as puffballs are only safe to eat when they are very young and small, various agricultural and gastronomy Web sites said. (UPI)

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"무려 26kg..." 초대형 버섯 발견!

캐나다의 브리티시컬럼비아주에서 8살 난 남자 아이의 무게와 맘먹는 거대 식용 버섯이 발견됐다

크리스쳔 테리엔(62)와 그의 아들 세바스쳔은 지난주 허리 높이의 수풀을 헤치던 중 이 무게 57.4 파운드(26kg)의 말불 버섯을 찾아냈다.

테리엔은 “우리는 환호했다. 2~4kg 대 버섯들은 많이 발견했지만 이 버섯은 가히 충격적이었다”라며 무게를 재기 위해 일단 집으로 가져왔지만 버섯이 포자를 더 날릴 수 있도록 원래 자리로 되돌려 놓을 계획이라고 밝혔다.

현재 테리엔의 아내 미미는 이 버섯의 크기가 세계 신기록을 갱신할 수 있는지 알아보고 있다

말불버섯은 식용이 가능하지만 매우 어리고 작을 때 먹어야지만 안전한 것으로 알려졌다.