A newly discovered variety of the giant honey mushroom has been unveiled in China’s Yunnan province.
The new mushroom variety weights a massive 33 pounds and measures 37 inches across.
China’s Yunan province is known as the “Kingdom of Mushrooms” thanks to more than 600 mushroom varieties that thrive in the area. Farmers in the province took in $44 million in 2005, the last time figures were released.
The area is home to some of the most pricey mushroom specimens in the world and new varieties are being discovered on a regular basis.
The current world record holder for largest mushroom fungus was a 2,400-year-old giant honey mushroom that was discovered growing underground in Oregon. The giant honey mushroom record comes in at 2,384 acres in size. The Oregon mushroom extends up to three feet into the ground and is so massive that its roots have actually killed trees over a 3.5 mile stretch of land.
While the new mushroom is nowhere near that size, it could set a record for its specific species type.
In 2012, a man in Canada discovered a massive mushroom that weighed 57.4 pounds.
If this new giant honey mushroom was found in the United States, it would probably have been turned into toppings for a giant pizza or made into a massive serving of cream of mushroom soup.
At this time, we don’t know the fate of the giant honey mushroom, but we do have a video of the potential world record setting fungus:
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