If a mushroom is growing in a vineyard, does that constitute Kilaei HaKerem (forbidden mixture of plant species in a vineyard) considering that it is not growing from the soil? What if it is growing on a rock outcropping in the vineyard so that it isn't even touching the ground?
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How often are mushrooms eaten in isolation? This needs to be taken into consideration. Outrageously I state mushrooms are not within the parameters of "food". It serves as a garnish as a matter of practice, although not belonging to the herbal or vegetative status traditional garnishes do. Think to yourself: how often do we eat parsley on our own. This doesn't constitute something other than being EDIBLE. Edible items don't constitute the major class of items we'd day a bracha. So then why! Because a mushroom is the size of a kazayit!