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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom



September is National Mushroom Month

Picture a mature tomato plant, buried so that not a single leaf appears above ground. Overnight a rain falls, and in the morning the soil begins to crack. Suddenly tiny tomatoes pop through. If you watch closely, you can just about see them expand. Within a few days, they're round, ripe and ready for picking. If you can imagine that, then you've got an idea of how mushrooms grow. The part we see and eat is only the fruit. The mushroom plant, called the mycelium, does all of its growing underground (or inside a tree or other growing medium).