Mushroom hunting can be a bit scary, especially if you’re a beginner. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it, though. Everyone has to start somewhere! I always advise that beginners should first start mushroom foraging by simply paying attention. Observe the different mushrooms that you may see, and consult a guidebook as you go along. Don’t pick or eat any mushroom that you find until you verify what the mushroom is with an experienced mushroom hunter, even if you think you know what it is.
How to Identify Edible Mushrooms:
1.Choose mushrooms without white gills.
2. Select mushrooms without red on the cap or stem.
3. Look for mushrooms without scales on the cap.
4. Seek out mushrooms without a ring around the stem.
5.Take two baskets when you forage. Place mushrooms you are confident are edible in one basket, and mushrooms you aren’t sure about in another.
6.Don’t ingest a mushroom unless you are 100% sure of what it is.
Here are the five varieties of edible mushrooms that I recommend people start with: oysters, morels, boletes, lobster, and chanterelles. I chose these five because they are relatively easy to identify once you know what to look for, are somewhat common, and are super tasty!
Helichrysum, the South African handsome fella 💚 He moved from The Cape to the European coasts long time ago, so people think he is native to the Mediterranean and they call him “The Italian”. To keep his supercool silvery look he needs sun, warm winters and dry feet.