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Australia Has A Mushroom Farm Inside An Old Railway Tunnel And It's SO COOL


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Dr. Noel Arrold is a microbiologist and took charge of the abandoned tunnel in 1987. You can tell he is a smart man because he irons his jeans.

He has no time for your crinkles.

Essentially, the mushrooms are grown in a variety of ways.


The hardest (or at least, the mushrooms that took the most work) were the shiitake variety.

They are grown on eucalyptus stumps and then thrown in big tubs like this. Noel called this part of the procedure "bathing." So mushrooms are really just like us :)

They stay in the tub overnight and are then bashed around a little bit. Like, really bashed around.

Then they are put back on the spikes and left to mature.

The shiitake is pretty sought after and used in medicine a lot.

Noel told us a story about ancient Chinese doctors rubbing shiitake on wounds. This was an early version of penicillin.

Here are some enoki mushrooms. These were my favourite because they look like a bunch of little people all huddled together in a blanket.


Some people wore masks. Maybe because they were worried the mushrooms would let their spores out into the air and then they would have tiny mushrooms growing in their stomachs? idk.

Here is a little Vine of the group.


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