Mushroom Hunt

by Andrea Morris
Tuesday, May 31, 2016



Image credit: iStockphoto/robas

There’s a humungous fungus among us! Mushrooms come in a dizzying variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are edible and others should be avoided. The red amanita muscaria on today’s mural is the quintessential toadstool image depicted in popular culture with gnomes and the like. It’s cute, but you don’t want to eat it. The wrinkly brown morel, on the other hand, is popular in cuisine worldwide and considered a tasty delicacy in season, perfectly safe to consume cooked. We’ve tentatively identified the third species on the mural as Common Stump Brittlestem, and since we’re not 100% certain, we won’t even think about eating it!

America Reframed brings a poignant story set among the woodland delicacies. Amid the bustling world of central Oregon's wild mushroom hunting camps, the lives of two former soldiers come together each fall to hunt the elusive matsutake mushroom, a rare species prized in Japanese culture and cuisine. However, the pair discover more than just mushrooms in the woods: they find a new life and livelihood, and a means to slowly heal the scarring wounds of war. The Last Season is a journey into the woods, into the memory of war and survival, telling a story of family from an unexpected place.

Watch it tonight at 8pm on WGBH World. More airings

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