None of these mushrooms are native to any part of Africa, so why they are on a Congolese stamp, I'm not sure.
I am not a fan of eating mushrooms. In fact, I will avoid any like the plague. However, I do find them fascinating to look at. They seem rather pre-historic looking to me. I hate to think of what some of the those poor hunters and gatherers suffered while determining which ones were good to eat and which ones were toxic..
The edible mushrooms shown on these definitives are:
- Craterellus cornucopioides or horn of plenty. They are also known as black chantarelles. These are apparently quite tasty and nutritious when dried.
- Amanita rubescens or blusher. These mushrooms turn pink on bruising or cutting. It is only edible when cooked.
- Lepiota procera or parasol. The height and cap can reach 40 cm. It also must be cooked before eating.
- Morchella elata or black morel. These can sometimes cause mild intoxication when eaten with alcohol