The Morel mushroom is a fungus characterized by spore-bearing gills on the underside of an umbrella- or cone-shaped cap.
The term mushroom is properly restricted to the plant’s above-ground portion, which is the reproductive organ.
Once a delicacy for the elite, edible mushrooms are now grown commercially, especially strains of the meadow mushroom (Agaricus campestris).
Although mushrooms contain some protein and minerals, they are largely water and hence of limited nutritive value.
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