Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, the fly amenita is arguably the most iconic mushroom species. With its large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually red mushroom, its one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. Even though the fly amenita is classified as poisonous, deaths resulting from its ingestion are extremely rare. After parboiling twice with water draining, weakens its toxicity and breaks down the mushroom's psychoactive substances. Amanita muscaria is noted for its hallucinogenic properties. The mushroom was used as an intoxicant and entheogen by the indigenous peoples of Siberia and by the Sámi, and has a religious significance in these cultures. ................................................................................................................................................................ #science #nature #art #photography #education

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