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Make room for the mushrooms! Spanish chef stumbles upon ‘biggest mushroom of all time’, weighing 152 pounds


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Make room for the mushroom! Spanish chef stumbles upon ‘biggest mushroom of all time’, weighing 152 pounds

  • The 68.8-kilogram specimen was found in the town of Santa Lucia de Gordon in Spain
  • Chef Sergio Martinez Valledor spotted him while walking through a forest
  • The chef said the mushroom cannot be cooked but plans to extract its scent

A Spanish chef allegedly found the world’s largest mushroom, believed to weigh 152 pounds, triggering a Guinness World Records investigation.

The 68.8 kilogram (152 pound) specimen of Meripilus giganteus was found in the town of Santa Lucia de Gordon, in the province of Leon, in the north-central Spanish region of Castilla y Leon.

According to local media, Chief Sergio Martinez Valledor spotted the huge mushroom while walking through a nearby forest.

Make the big’gun mushrooms: the mushroom ‘Meripilus giganteus’ weighed 152 pounds

Chef Martinez Valledor and his neighbors proudly pose with the magnificent mushroom

Chef Martinez Valledor and his neighbors proudly pose with the magnificent mushroom

Reports indicated that Martinez Valledor decided to pluck the large mushroom several days later, but needed several friends to help him.

Martinez Valledor told local media: “I found him by chance, I wasn’t looking for him. He was stuck to a beech.”

The chef and his friends cut the mushroom in half and dragged it to their vehicle.

Chef Martinez Valledor's neighbors pose with the huge mushroom

Chef Martinez Valledor’s neighbors pose with the huge mushroom

The huge mushroom on display in chef Martinez Valledor's restaurant

The huge mushroom on display in chef Martinez Valledor’s restaurant

Martinez Valledor added: “It broke in half, the lightest part weighed 22 kilograms (48.5 pounds) and the other section weighed well over 40 kilograms (88.2 pounds) which was very difficult to hang around.

“We managed to get it back in the car, but we were afraid of breaking it.”

According to local media, the Meripilus giganteus breaks the previous record of 23 kilograms (50.7 pounds) and the Guinness World Records would look into the find.

Locals flocked to chef Martinez Valledor's tavern to see the gigantic mushroom for themselves

Locals flocked to chef Martinez Valledor’s tavern to see the gigantic mushroom for themselves

The chef said the mushroom cannot be cooked because it is too big, but he plans to extract its scent. He is also ready to let any interested scientist study the specimen.

The mushroom is currently on display at the Aurea restaurant in the Plaza del Grano in the city of Leon.

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