Mushrooms are the fruiting body and reproductive structure of a higher order fungus organism, much like an apple is the fruit of an apple tree. The actual mushroom ‘tree’ is a fine threadlike network called mycelium. This mycelium is for the most part subterranean, living in soil, logs and other organic matter. Unlike green plants, which produce many of their own nutrients by photosynthesis, mushrooms primarily obtain nutrients from dead organic matter or soil. As one of nature’s recyclers, mushroom mycelium secretes enzymes which allow it to absorb the nutrients of the myriad waste materials produced each year by trees, plants and animals……..