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
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.
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.
I don't know of any such classes, though I am not interested in that anyway. I
the time for one big reason. Also, I am very aware of the dangers of and the
stories over the years of people who weren't cautious and did take the chance on
their luck eating unknown mushrooms. Sure not something I care to do. My stomach
happy with me when I am foolish enough as to eat things I know are questionable.
it doesn't send me to the hospital or kill me. Thanks so much to all of you
for the help . I hope my luck will be better next year when I hope to try my
at finding those wonderful morels. I have some great tips now to help me locate
downed dead trees that are good hunting places. Again , you have been most
so nice to take the time to help. ..... kate
"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
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