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This Blood Fungus Looks A little Too Much Like This Mexican Dish

When I first saw this Bleeding Tooth Fungus, my first thought was “sick!”. Then, I was intrigued. The Bleeding Tooth Fungus, or the “Hydnellum peckii is a hydnoid species, producing spores on the surface of vertical spines or tooth-like projections that hang from the undersurface of the fruit bodies. It is found in North America, Europe, and was recently discovered in Iran (2008) and Korea (2010) and Fraser Island, Australia (2019).”

Yeah, I’m not entirely sure what all that means, all I know is that somewhere out there is this nightmare looking ‘shroom that secretes some blood looking sap and I must find it! The cool thing about this fungus is that it has some really cool nicknames, like strawberries and cream, the bleeding Hydnellum, the bleeding tooth fungus, the red-juice tooth, and the Devil’s tooth.

I have yet another nickname to add to that list: Chiles en Nogada! That’s right, at first glance, my fata*s thought it was Chiles en Nogada! For reference this is what Chiles en Nogada look like:

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I mean, can you really blame me for thinking the bleeding fungus was food? Especially when the picture of the fungus was shared in a foodies group I’m in.

If you’re not sure what Chiles en Nogada are, they’re a Mexican dish of poblano chiles stuffed with picadillo topped with a walnut-based cream sauce, called nogada, pomegranate seeds and cilantro, and it is typically served at room temperature. It’s DELICIOUS! It’s definitely a labor of love, but so worth it at the end.

So, did anyone else think that’s what it was when they saw the bleeding tooth fungus? If you’re interested, here is an awesome recipe for Chiles en Nogada, also, if you find the bleeding fungus anywhere near here, give me a call!

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