I've been rereading C. S. Lewis' autobiography of the first part of his life, Surprised by Joy, and I'm finding it even better than the first time around. This is just about a line or two, but I read last night about the walks he liked to take and why, and one line was that, in his day, mushrooms were free to all for the taking, "like the air", he said. So I started wondering about the economics of mushrooms. Here in Iowa, the local wild mushrooms are morels, and they are quite the delicacy and quite expensive. One can't usually find them for sale in grocery stores, but rather at farmers' markets and road-side stands. I'm pretty sure, though, that they are considered the property of the people who own the land, and not free like the air.
What are the customs about mushrooms where you live?
Sing and be glad, all ye children of the West,
for your King shall come again,
and he shall dwell among you
all the days of your life.