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Please read the 2 short articles below, then browse or search for recipes by species of mushroom. The recipes are organized by botanical names of the mushrooms to alleviate any confusion about regional or national common names. Many common names are included, and you can also browse by type of dish, nationality, or principal ingredient. After registration, you can also post recipe requests in the forum.

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Disclaimer: this site is not intended to teach you how to identify and gather edible wild mushrooms, or educate you on dietary or medicinal uses of mushrooms.

 

Mushroom Edibility

Some wild mushrooms are edible, and some are choice edibles that have been enjoyed for thousands of years. Others may have strong medicinal properties. However, there is one inviolate rule about gathering and consuming wild mushrooms: "when in doubt,  throw it out".

However, once you learn to identify and cook wild or exotic cultivated mushrooms, you will find that they impart an earthy, sometimes meaty, flavor to foods known as umami. They can also be high in protein, B and D vitamins, rich in anti-oxidants, and are fat and cholesterol free. Some mushrooms have proven to be anti-viral, anti-fungal, help control cholesterol, boost the immune system, or fight cancer.

For further information, please visit the Puget Sound Mycological Society's page on edibility, or the Wikipedia article on medicinal mushrooms. You may also review the list of mushroom species included in this site.

Mushroom Identification

The best way to learn about wild mushrooms is to join a local mycological club. There you can safely learn to identify both good and bad mushrooms. It is not hard to learn to identify some of the top edibles, since there are usually only a few key characteristics that distinguish a particular mushroom.

Fortunately, almost all the choice edible mushrooms are easy to identify once you become familiar with them. Please note that it is not safe to identify mushrooms only from a book, a photo, a website, etc.

Once you learn to identify mushrooms, participating in forays is a wonderful way to get outdoors and go on a treasure hunt. All you need is appropriate clothing, a wicker basket or mesh bag, plus a small knife and brush. A whistle or FRS radio is helpful for staying in touch with your group.

 
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