(NEWSER) – "Care for a mushroom, your highness?"
Queen Elizabeth II may well decline after a television crew discovered a so-called "magic" mushroom in her palace gardens. "I won’t be eating any of that," said celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh upon noticing Amanita muscaria, a toadstool with red and white spots. Titchmarsh, who is hosting a show on Buckingham Palace's garden, asked ecology expert Mick Crawley whether the mushroom can be eaten, the Telegraph reports. "It’s eaten in some cultures for its hallucinogenic effects," says Crawley. "But it also makes people who eat it very sick. The old-fashioned thing to do was to feed it to the village idiot, then drink his urine because you get all of the high without any of the sickness."
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