Mushroom sellers must undergo eye tests
As every devoted mushroom-picker in the Czech Republic will tell you, the mushroom-picking season has begun. Even though experts say that due to increasing pollution it's not too healthy to eat them, mushroom-picking still remains a kind of Czech national pastime. But those who want to sell mushrooms are currently facing a problem: they have to have their eyes tested. Alena Skodova has more:
Puzzled opticians and hygienists plan to turn to the Czech Health Ministry to specify what quality of sight gives future mushroom sellers the right to sell their wares on the street. An unnamed hygienist from South Bohemia told Lidove Noviny newspaper last week that potential mushroom-sellers had only been asking for basic information, and so far no-one has had the medical check.
Mycologists say eye tests are nonsense, what's important is the seller's knowledge of mushrooms, for which he must obtain an official certificate from the local mycological association. The fact that he sells edible mushrooms must be sufficient proof that he knows his mushrooms, the newspaper quoted the renowned Czech mycologist Zdenek Kluzak, who himself wears glasses, as saying.
So the latest amendment has simply confused many people, and it's likely that those of us who do not have the chance to go to the forest, yet adore mushroom goulash with dumplings, will in the future have to look harder around the markets to spot someone selling mushrooms.