A Mushroom for the gods.
Many types of mushroom grow in
but most of them are poisonous. However the King of mushrooms is known as a “khowa”, it is as big as a dinner plate and is found in old mealie lands and on old broken down ant heaps in the veld. My dad was an expert at finding them after it had rained and he would cover them with an empty tin for a day or two while they were expanding at an incredible rate. Cattle also knew that they were edible and you were very lucky to find one growing where the cattle grazed. You would wash them and cut the stem into strips and the umbrella part could be cut or broken. You would lay the pieces out on a hot wood-burning stove until they sizzled, then you would place them in a plate with salt and pepper. This was a dish for the gods and once eaten could never be forgotten. You crave for them in vain as they are seldom seen. The indigenous people say they are known as bush meat and this could be so as flies would lay their eggs on them and the maggots would soon finish them off. South Africa