The Quiz: What’s special about a certain honey mushroom found in Oregon?
A It’s really, really big
B It produces honey
C It’s very sticky
A colony of this tree-destroying fungus from the genus Armillaria is growing in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest. At almost 3.5 square miles, its considered to be the largest living organism on Earth. It’s also among the oldest organisms on Earth at up to 8,000 years old.
In some parts of the world, the honey mushroom is regarded as even tastier than the elusive morel. Honeys are mildly poisonous, so preparing them takes some work to make them edible.
The correct answer to this quiz is It’s really, really big.