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It's a good idea to pick up a couple mushrooming books & heed all the warnings. Check with a local authority for a recommendation.
*In my area* all puffballs are edible which makes them a favorite for beginners.
But there are a couple mushrooms that are not edible that look like small puffballs until sliced in half so you can see the stem. [puffballs have no stems] Use caution.
Jim
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Gotcha ,Thanks again. kate
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mushrooms that grow in the area you live in. Community Schools, or even universities offerer classes in mushrooms.. although those may go further than you might want to know about. However, you can audit.
Just a thought ;-) But if you don't know whether a mushroom/fungi is safe..or not. .it's NOT, you can have a meal on a death angels, and think you're fine, until your liver is irreparably damaged some days later. Too late then! Seeing animals eat them, isn't proof of edibility either. If you want help in identifying something make sure you do not cut it and then take it to someone to tell you if it's edible or not, you have to go underground and get the whole fungi, clear down to the "root" as it's how the remnants of the membrane that once covered the mushroom as it was emerging, tear and where and how they remain attached is much of how they are identified as anything else. Hope that makes sense.
Janice

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I don't know of any such classes, though I am not interested in that anyway. I don't have the time for one big reason. Also, I am very aware of the dangers of and the many scary stories over the years of people who weren't cautious and did take the chance on trying their luck eating unknown mushrooms. Sure not something I care to do. My stomach is not happy with me when I am foolish enough as to eat things I know are questionable. Even if it doesn't send me to the hospital or kill me. Thanks so much to all of you good people for the help . I hope my luck will be better next year when I hope to try my luck again at finding those wonderful morels. I have some great tips now to help me locate trees and downed dead trees that are good hunting places. Again , you have been most helpful. And so nice to take the time to help. ..... kate
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"Gravity isn't just a good idea; it's the law!" Picking and eating wild mushrooms without being absolutely sure of identification is dangerous. And hearing from someone who knew someone who... is one of the ways people end up in the emergency room with some very nasty symptoms. Jim's advice is good. I only quarrel with its lack of emphasis.
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You are absolutely correct there, my friend. I would most differently be sure before eating. And the education is very wise. I do thank you for your concern and help. Kate
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why not just buy morel spawn from fungi.com? I had some in 1997, none since, and this spring was absolutely perfect for morels, but I could not find any..
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Don't think I'll be doing that one. Let me hear if you do. Would be interesting to hear someone got as many morels as they wanted. kate
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