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Bacteria Culture and Fungi - Yogurt, Mushrooms and Probiotics

RT Cunningham | August 2, 2020 (UTC) | Food and Drink

yogurt - bacteria culturePeople are fickle. They’ll eat or drink something created from bacteria culture without a thought, and they’ll eat a fungus without hesitation. The same people will turn their nose up at something like dried fish or balut.

I don’t like most yogurt products and I don’t like probiotics like Yakult. Yakult is a popular drink with the children in my little corner of the Philippines. Even my younger son, Jon, likes it. I’ve tasted it and I can only describe it as non-palatable, to use a mild term for it.

Yogurt and Probiotics and Bacteria Culture

Yakult isn’t yogurt but it’s made in much the same way. Yogurt is the bacterial fermentation of milk. Yakult is a probiotic dairy product made by fermenting a mixture of skimmed milk with a special strain of bacteria. Yogurt is semi-solid while Yakult is liquid.

Plain yogurt doesn’t have much of a taste to it. That’s why people add other things, like fruit. My older grandson, Joshua, used to love the Yoplait brand of yogurt when he was young. I don’t know if he still does. The only yogurt I could ever stomach was the frozen yogurt of TCBY sold like ice cream. It’s probably been 15 years or more since I had a waffle cone filled with their chocolate-flavored yogurt.

Mushrooms are Fungi

Fungi, fungus, whatever, but they’re not bacteria or a bacteria culture. They’re parasites. A mushroom and a toadstool are the same thing. If they’re edible, people call them mushrooms. If they’re not, they call them toadstools.

I like mushrooms when they’re used as an ingredient. By themselves, they don’t have much of a taste to them. I like mushroom soup, mushroom gravy and mushrooms on burgers (bacon, mushroom and cheese). I’ve never tried to eat magic mushrooms (or shrooms). It doesn’t matter if they’re legal or not. I don’t want a psychedelic or mystical experience. If I ever do partake, it will be purely accidental and someone else’s fault.

By the way, I’ve never tried to eat or smoke peyote either. It’s another psychoactive plant I want no part of. Luckily, it isn’t native to any place I’ve ever lived.

Photo Attribution: Bernadette Wurzinger from Pixabay
Edited and updated. Originally published at one of my other websites in April 2017.

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