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  1. This type of fish is a here, but I really don't like it.
  2. The minerals slowly up to create these rocks.
  3. At your age you should think about what will happen in the .
  4. He only eats what's in because he grows his own food.
  5. Are you with this part of town?
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340 Mushrooms

Marion talks about a story she read about mushrooms.

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in season

He would have eaten mushrooms almost every day, I think, or while they were in season at least.

When a food is 'in season' it means that it is the time when it is the ripest and freshest. The season for a fruit or vegetable is the time when it naturally grows.

Notice the following:

  1. When you eat food that is in season you always get a tasty meal.
  2. The apples are in season now as it is late summer.


It seems strange to me that a man who would have been really familiar with these mushrooms would actually die from it.

If you are 'familiar' with something it means that you have a lot of experience with it, it's not something new for you.

Notice the following:

  1. Do I know you? You look familiar.
  2. The song is very familiar, I think my mum used to sing it to me when I was younger.

build up

It was just a gradual build up of the poison in his system.

When there is a 'build up' of something it means that the level gradually increases.

Notice the following:

  1. The money in my account really started to build up when I saved my money.
  2. When you eat unhealthy food your fat levels can build up.

long run

There are lots of foods I suppose that can do you more harm in the long run.

The phrase 'in the long run' refers to effect something will have over a long amount of time.

Notice the following:

  1. If you persist at something it will pay off in the long run.
  2. In the long run healthy eating means that you will live longer.


They're a delicacy here in Japan.

A 'delicacy' means that the food is considered special in a particular culture. Delicacies are usually foods that are uncommon and expensive.

Notice the following:

  1. When I go to new countries I like to try the delicacies.
  2. If you order the delicacies of the country then you get a good idea of their culture.



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