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What is the edible part of mushroom?

Last Updated: 26th February, 2020

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Subsequently, one may also ask, what part of the mushroom do you eat?

2 Answers. This part of the mushroom is perfectly edible. It's a structure called a partial veil which protects the spore-producing gills on the underside of the mushroom cap, usually while the mushroom is still immature.

Also Know, is black part of mushroom edible? Yes it is. In fact the entire button mushroom is edible. But sometimes a part of the stem's base may go dry and is best avoided.

Secondly, which part of a mushroom is used for breathing?

Gills of a mushroom aren't used for breathing but are instead where spores are produced!

What is a mushroom made up of?

What we typically think of as a mushroom is the fleshy, fruiting, spore-bearing body of a fungus. The mushrooms we eat are generally composed of a stipe (stem), a pileus (cap), and lamellae (gills). There are, however, many morphological varieties of mushrooms and not all varieties have these features.

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Can you eat the gills of a mushroom?

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