...that you would end up with an apple tree growing in your stomach. Or that if you didn't clean your ears or toenails that potatoes would start to grow. So I grew up terrified that I would turn into a triffid or an ent, or worse that stalks of celery would start to burst forth from my nostrils. I could only quake in fear at the thought of blackberry bushes growing from other orifices and the damage that the thorns may do to various bodily parts. And as a result I was very careful never to digest anything that looked like a seed and in fact grew up with a mortal fear of nuts. Or maybe you don't remember any of this and my Mum was the only one who managed to induce these fears.
Well I hate to tell you folks but it seems like it was all true. There is a report that has come out of Russia which states that surgeons who operated on a 28 year old man to remove what they thought was a cancerous growth found a 5 centimeter fir tree growing in his lung. They believe he somehow inhaled a seed which germinated and grew inside his lung. It got me thinking that if a single seed can do that then imagine what a few thousand spores could do and I have promised myself never to sniff mushrooms.
So here's a couple of questions. What words of cullinary wisdom did your Mum give you? And check out Discover magazine who are asking whether you believe this is true or not. Let us know your answer here.