05 May 2009


   To the left is a chart that shows some edible mushrooms. There are many varieties. You might want to get to know them.

   Seasoned forager Steve Brill suggests some important pointers on gathering edible mushrooms at "...before you do anything..."
   Some mushroom species are very easy to identify (the chicken mushroom or sulfur shelf, the giant puffball, morels, and the chanterelle are considered so obvious that people call them the foolproof four).
   Others are quite difficult. Some species have poisonous look-alikes, others are quite distinct and have no poisonous relatives.
   Above all, learn a small number of the most unmistakable species at first, and check with an expert before you eat any wild mushrooms.

[general interest]
 • Brill's Wild Mushrooms
 • David Spahr Mushrooms of New England + Eastern Canada
 • The Mushroom Journal

[identifying mushrooms]
 • Gourmet Mushrooms + Mushroom Products
 • Missouri Dep't of Conservation's Edible Mushroom List

 • Benefits from Medicinal Mushrooms
 • Readings on Medicinal Mushrooms
 • Healing Mushrooms
 • Tom Volk's Fungi-Net

 • Chris Hobbs's Medicinal Aspects of Mushrooms

 • Mushroom Clubs of North America
 • Illinois Mycological Association
 • Mid-Hudson Mycological Society
 • Mycological Society of America
 • Mycological Society of San Francisco

 • Shroomery
 • The Vaults of Erowid

 • Photovault's Mushrooms
 • David Work's Mushroom Gallery
 • Don Wiss's Edible + Inedible Mushroom Gallery
 • About.com History of mushrooms as food
 • Erowid's Mushroom recipes
 • Wild About Mushrooms
 • Robert Rich's Wild Mushroom Cookbook

IMAGE SOURCES: [upper left] Vintage ilustration of edible mushrooms from Charting Nature; [lower right] A Morel from the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association

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