Wild Edible Mushrooms in the U.S

I am a mushroom hunter who is always looking for more mushroom species to eat. I don’t know as many edible mushrooms as I would like to know, so I am always searching for more information. If you know of any edible mushrooms in the United States, please let me know.

That is such a broad question because some mushrooms are specific to different regions. Honestly it would be easier to buy a guide for the area you live in.

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I think almost every county in the United States has a county extension office that could help, and each state has a Department of Natural Resources office that could help, some offer classes and hikes, too.

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Thanks for the help! I’ll start looking into hikes or books that could teach me about edilble mushrooms.


Look up the site for the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and look up your local mushroom club. Also, there are a lot of excellent mushroom groups on facebook that have good identifiers to bounce stuff off of.

Edibility is generally not something i discuss much on inat l, mind, and i would caution you to never trust observation IDs conclusively without independently verifying that they are correct.


But depending on where you live, be prepared to interpret “local” rather broadly. The nearest one to me that I have been able to find is almost three hour’s drive one-way.

I have an old mushroom book – Common Edible Mushrooms by Clyde Christensen, published 1943 – which describes what he calls “the Foolproof Four.” They are Morels, Puffballs, Sulfur Shelf, and Shaggymane. If you don’t yet know these, they would be a good set to learn. But I would question how “foolproof” they really are; some people confuse False Morels with Morels, for instance, and I have seen iNaturalist observations of the Giant Stalked-puffball misidentified as Shaggymane.

This is probably why The Mushroom Expert website states that it contains no information about the edibility or toxicity of any mushroom.

@danielwinkler has quite a lot of information about edible mushrooms, along with gorgeous photos, on his website and in his books . He also provides classes and mushroom tours.

I think I recall he suggests ways of detoxifying certain mushrooms - say, by how they are cooked (not all mushrooms, just specific ones he discusses)

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samples of his info here: Fruits of the Forest - Edible Mushrooms of…

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