Mushroom Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old mushroom quotes, mushroom sayings, and mushroom proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A meal without mushrooms is like a day without rain.     

John Cage

Advice is like mushrooms. The wrong kind can prove fatal.     

Charles E. McKenzie

Mushrooms can be very fancy. It's the closest you can get to eating dirt.     

Tom Colicchio

Look around when you have got your first mushroom or made your first discovery: they grow in clusters.     

George Polya

The sudden appearance of mushrooms after a summer rain is one of the more impressive spectacles of the plant world.     

John Tyler Bonner

On the subject of wild mushrooms, it is easy to tell who is an expert and who is not: The expert is the one who is still alive.     

Donal Henahan

Never crowd a pan with too many mushrooms. They give off an enormous amount of moisture. And there's nothing worse than a braised mushroom, other than a lot of braised mushrooms.     

Simon Schama

Of all mushrooms commonly consumed, oyster mushrooms in the genus Pleurotus stand out as exceptional allies for improving human and environmental health. These mushrooms enjoy a terrific reputation as the easiest to cultivate, richly nutritious and medicinally supportive.      

Paul Stamets

Maitake mushrooms are known in Japan as the dancing mushroom. According to a Japanese legend, a group of Buddhist nuns and woodcutters met on a mountain trail, where they discovered a fruiting of maitake mushrooms emerging from the forest floor. Rejoicing at their discovery of this delicious mushroom, they danced to celebrate.     

Paul Stamets

Consuming mushrooms regularly has been associated with decreased risk of breast, stomach and colorectal cancers.     

Joel Fuhrman

Enoki mushrooms, a tasty variety commonly sold in grocery stores, were one of the first mushrooms studied for preventing cancer.     

Paul Stamets

Growing the mycelium of the Chaga mushroom under laboratory conditions provides an ecologically friendly alternative supply of this unique medicinal mushroom.     

Paul Stamets

Although oyster mushrooms have been studied extensively and support health in a number of ways, it is also extremely important to always cook oyster mushrooms!     

Paul Stamets

Chaga is one of the weirdest mushrooms you may ever see. A fungal parasite found on birch trees, Chaga is a hardened, blackened, crusty formation that looks like a bursting tumor.     

Paul Stamets

Mushrooms have many helpful nutrients, including beta glucans for immune enhancement, ergothioneines for antioxidative potentiation, nerve growth stimulators for helping brain function, and antimicrobial compounds for limiting viruses.     

Paul Stamets

In the wild, an enoki mushroom is often squat-looking and its stem is rarely more than twice as long as the cap is wide. When they are grown by farmers and hobbyists, however, their stems elongate, the caps are smaller, and a forest of golden colored needle-like mushrooms shoot up all at once.     

Paul Stamets

Mushrooms provide a vast array of potential medicinal compounds. Many mushrooms - such as portobello, oyster, reishi and maitake - are well-known for these properties, but the lion's mane mushroom, in particular, has drawn the attention of researchers for its notable nerve-regenerative properties.     

Paul Stamets