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When the topic of fungi comes up, one part of Europe (north west) will ask questions like 'will I die if I accidentally touch this mushroom?' or 'what is the deadliest mushroom you know?'. The rest of Europe (south and east) will ask about your favorite recipes and which wild mushrooms you think are the tastiest.

I'm interested in the origin of this huge cultural difference. Is there a geographical / biological reason for this? Are there more toxic mushrooms in the north west, and more tasty ones in the south and east? Or is it purely cultural?

I'm from the North West, and I would definitely feel the urge to wash my hands if I accidentally (certainly not on purpose!) touched a fungus.