History of mushrooms
From the history of mushrooms
Mushrooms have always been a source of food for humans. Even in the Stone Age people knew about the value of mushrooms as food. And even then they recognized that mushrooms can be preserved by drying them. Since mushrooms also contain a lot of protein, the Aborigines, the aborigines of Australia, called them "bread of the black man" very early on.
It is also known that in China and Japan mushrooms have been highly valued for thousands of years and some of them were even revered. In addition, mushrooms were also used for cultic purposes in ancient times.
Old knowledge revives
At the time of the migration of the peoples (500 to 800 AD), the knowledge of mushrooms was largely lost. It is therefore not surprising that our present historical knowledge about fungi had to be painstakingly reconstructed by research. The mushroomological works of Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098 to 1179), for example, are considered to be groundbreaking and unique for the Middle Ages. In addition, the researchers rely mainly on the traditions from regions with shamanic culture.