Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How To Identify Edible Mushrooms.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom (edible)

Don't you love taking a stroll down town and noticing all those little mushrooms, aren't you ever curious on if you can eat them? Which ones are dangerous? Which ones are delicious? Well, It amazes me on how many different types of mushrooms are out there, though it may be fascinating, it can be dangerous. If you decided to go foraging then I advise you to not trust luck but to trust knowledge. There are about 250 different poisonous mushrooms, aside from the ones that make you woozy. Choosing the wrong mushrooms can
lead you to the hospital. The worst part is when a poisonous mushroom looks just like an edible one. Many beginners take chances and are too excited to harvest or pick mushrooms, a lot of the time they decide to go with their ego and pick these mushrooms leading them to eating these tasty deadly snacks. That is the first mistake; you must understand the different characteristics of each mushroom.

The first step into making sure your mushroom is safe to eat is by trying to identify this mushroom. Having some sort of fungi guide is nice and will help you out a ton. If you legit, have no idea on what mushroom you are looking at then look at it's surroundings, the trees and places they grew on make a huge difference. You also must be careful when checking these mushrooms, the colors are very important. Let's say you find a mushroom but can't decided if its safe to eat. Wait off on it, instead take a couple pictures of it and do some research. Maybe look up the appearance of it online. I will say, don't always use the internet unless it's a safe website.

Don't eat any mushroom unless you are certain that it is safe and edible. Going mushroom hunting is better during spring and the late fall. Another awesome tip is that after those super rainy days, going out into the forests is when you will for sure find mushrooms. Unless you're a 100% sure on your identification on the mushrooms then do not eat it. This is also a great time to take some fabulous pictures. Many different mushroom guides have pictures and will show you the anatomy of them with a very informative description. Time is your friend, You will learn by constantly reading and learning about mushrooms and different species.

Check out these awesome guides for some great tips and pointers!


  1. I have always been a fan of mushroom hunting but never knew really when was the right time to go or how to identify the fungi. I enjoyed how you included some options for finding a good identification guide at the end of your post. I really want to find some tasty wild mushrooms now!

  2. To be honest I've never liked mushrooms. But of course I've never gone hunting for them. Maybe if I try going hunting for them i might start liking them. Cool post, keep it up.

  3. I love mushrooms, and I think it would be fun to try hunting for them. I have always wanted to, but never really have time to. Maybe someday I will, and I will definitely take use these tips. This is a great blog you have here.

  4. I really like hiking and being in the woods, and I see lots of fascinating mushrooms! I don't pick them or anything because honestly, I don't know if they're poisonous or not. You really gave some great tips that I will use probably this weekend. I also enjoy the plain black background with your white text, it looks really nice.