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Good Edible Species:

    Calvatia craniiformis
    Craterellus fallax
    Hericium coralloides
    Laetiporus persicinus
    Morchella deliciosa
    Morchella esculenta
    Sparassis crispa
    Tricholoma magnivelare


Interesting Species:

   Amanita cruzii
   Cyathus stercoreus

   Dictyophera indusiata v. lutescens

   Filoboletus manipularis
   Laternia triscapa
   Pseudotulostoma volvata
   Staheliomyces cinctus


Poisonous Mushrooms:

   Agaricus xanthrodermis

   Amanita muscaria

   Amanita virosa

   Chalciporus piperatus

   Chlorophyllum molybdites
   Galerina autumnalis

   Hebeloma crustulinaforme
   Inocybe lacera
   Psilocybe cubensis

About Mushrooms



Shiitake loaf



Mushrooms are neither animal nor plant. You may think the mushroom would be a plant but they do not have the chlorophyll a plant requires to make its own food. A mushroom is the fruit of the fungal organism that produces them. By picking a mushroom you do not harm the fungus itself, because the main body of the organism lies underground and grows quietly and unseen for most of the year until the conditions are right for fruiting which is when mushrooms appear.


Mushrooms are not only fascinating to look at; they are the main recyclers in nature. They break down wood and humus into their original components and provide food for living plants by returning dead trees and forest litter to simple organic materials in a form suitable for plants to use.


Some mushrooms have a symbiotic relationship with other plants. This beneficial association may be expressed by a tree giving up some of its glucose to the fungus while the fungus gives some of its minerals to the tree. This is why some mushrooms are always associated with certain trees. One group of symbiotic mushrooms grows underground and can only be found by digging for them, but to even find them requires specially trained dogs or pigs. An example of these would be truffles, which are very expensive and sought after by chefs the world over.


Take a look at some of the mushrooms on the left


Mushrooms - They'll Thrill Ya - and They'll Kill Ya!



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