No need to travel all the way to Thailand for your next mouthful of magic mushrooms, the Queen has them growing right in her back garden.
No, despite the title, Her Royal Highness isn’t growing them to make hallucinogenic ‘shroom shakes. They grew naturally in the palace grounds and are amongst several hundred types of mushrooms growing there. Palace officials have made it very clear that they were not being used in the kitchens.
Unlike mushrooms that contain psilocybin (the psychedelic, ‘magic’ chemical), the fungus in the Queen’s garden is an amanita muscaria, which doesn’t contain the illegal drug, and although it still causes hallucinations, it also makes you really, really sick. So don’t go getting any ideas.
Loveable trowel-wielder Alan Titchmarsh and ecology expert Professor Mick Crawley found the funghi while taping ITV show ‘The Queen’s Garden’. You may be able to catch a glimpse of the Queen’s magic mushrooms when it airs on Christmas Day.
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