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The Mushrooms – Hildegard von Bingen


The Mushrooms – Hildegard von Bingen

“The mushrooms that grow above the earth, whatever they are, are like foam and sweat, and they do some harm to the person who eats them, because they cause mucus and foam in him. And the mushrooms that grow in moist air and moist earth are neither completely warm nor completely cold, but lukewarm, and when a person eats them, they awaken a foul juice in him... But the mushrooms that grow on certain trees, standing or lying, are somewhat good for human food, like certain garden herbs, and they cause less harm to those who eat them and are sometimes even useful as medicine.


According to Hildegard, mushrooms bring a lot of rubbish and mucus from the earth into the human body and should therefore not be consumed. Only some mushrooms that grow on trees can be eaten without harm. These include, among other things: those mushrooms that grow on beech trees.

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