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Mushrooming without Fear: The Beginner's Guide to Collecting Safe and Delicious Mushrooms
This is an excellent beginner guide that will steer you away from anything with a poisonous look alike.
Mushrooming without Fear
Excellent more advanced guides.
I highly recommend searching for mycology or foraging groups on social media specific to your region and joining a group hunt or doing a tour first.
Lol oh no, my Papa passed, Scout (his last truffle dog) is still kicking😂😂. Papaw was an onnery SOB so no tears shed there. When Scout passes we are all going to be a mess.
I would get some guidance from books first and then link up with a Mycology group in the area. There is also a festival! Here are some links to groups:
Here are my recommendations on books:
Mushrooming without Fear: The Beginner's Guide to Collecting Safe and Delicious Mushrooms https://www.amazon.com/dp/1602391602/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_GK7A8GQM67JN7SKQJJ6F
The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised: Illustrated Guide to Foraging, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms - Including new sections on growing your own incredible edibles and off-season collecting https://www.amazon.com/dp/1631593013/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_BHRNPSK7HZV4V8R45VD0
How to Forage for Mushrooms without Dying: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Identifying 29 Wild, Edible Mushrooms https://www.amazon.com/dp/1635863325/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_00KQA0G3WWK1K0EQMVSF
Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods https://www.amazon.com/dp/1402767153/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_6Y765VVTG3YEJR6S23XN?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
And find yourself an ol’codger that will walk the woods with you. The longer the beard the better 😂😂
>The Mushroom Hunters Field Guide
this is one of the books I got. It basically does exactly what you're saying. Goes through a bunch of edible mushrooms and how to make absolutely certain you're not gonna kill yourself. Chicken of the woods, bollets, etc. :)
I got the Audobahn field guide to mushrooms. I'll look around for the one you suggested. Thanks
Books that I have read and frequently referred to while doing field i.d. of fauna and flora
Mushroom I'd very useful and is easy to read and reference.
National audubon society field guides. They have quite a few and I own them all but here is insect and spiders.
Being able to identify medicinal plants is extremely useful
This overlaps a little with the previous but it contains all edible plants and even sorts through seasons of yield.
This last one is recommended to at least read but not necessary. It contains a lot of helpful information about Bushcraft survival. A lot of things are applicable in every day situations or just camping/hiking. For instance if you have a compass you can gauge any distance by making a pace counted right triangle. You pace parallel to your target until there is a 45 degree change in the compass. That gives you an approximate distance because 45 45 90 triangles have 2 sides equal.
Sorry for the wall of text, just wanted to provide an example
Mushrooming without Fear: The Beginner's Guide to Collecting Safe and Delicious Mushrooms is rubbish. IIRC, it doesn't mention any poisonous species.
This review sums it up: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2VVSLMY8K2VBC/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1602391602
The point here is a warning to new foragers, who do not have a mycology degree, to avoid the large majority of poisonous mushrooms post haste, while increasing their safety by providing simplified rules they can easily learn in the field.
Other identification techniques are important, it's just that spore prints are difficult to use and do not lead to knowledge of these fungus anyways.
Besides, how many hikers carry paper suitable to obtain spore prints while walking in the forest, and suddenly encountering a mushroom they do not recognize. Then even know how to interpret spore print readout. Its meaningless like reading tea leaves if you do not have the right education for it.
Also even if, you have the correct paper, spores take time to drop. No one waits...ever.
Besides Joe average doesn't carry kits suitable for spore print analysis or pattern recognition.
Yet they can easily recognize mushrooms with gills. Realize a great many of mushrooms with gills tend to be poisonous, and move on relatively safely.
This advise is meant as a rather serious warning about poisonous mushrooms avoidance, and is not meant as the only way to "Identify" mushrooms in of itself.
Don't take my word for it...
The idea, is that while thousands of mushrooms in your area may be edible, they may taste like crap, or be generally not desirable in your dinner plate.
The guy's advice is sound and I am now enlightened in the woods when encountering edible and poisonous fungus thanks to this book. It doesn't teach about "Every known fungus" only those worth eating with simple rules to forage, identify and collect fungus.
Prior to reading it, mushrooms information I was finding was cryptic, complex and almost impossible to use in the field. Mostly platforms for mcological ego's to sprout difficult to use information.
Read the guy's book and you will understand...
No offense but... Unless you are a mycology graduate, spore prints mean nothing and are useless in identifying mushrooms. Also difficult to use in the woods.
Instead I would Learn the real useful concept that can save your life:
>Do not pick and eat mushrooms with Gills ever...
Almost all poisonous mushrooms are from the mushrooms with gill's variety.
(<strong>http://americanmushrooms.com/agarics.htm</strong> = Usually Poisonous!)
(http://americanmushrooms.com/toxicms.htm = Very Poisonous!)
So unless you actually know how to effectively decipher which mushroom with gills to eat or not it's highly indicated not to consume them at all in the wild.
May I recommend a good primer on safe mushrooming: