The Tao of Morel Hunting

If, on a hike this spring, you see a group of people carrying baskets, speaking into walkie talkies, wielding knives and staring intently at the ground, have no fear. Follow them, and if you (and they) are lucky, you might have Morel Stroganoff for dinner. It’s mushroom season here in the Rockies, and for shroomers, […]

An Overview of Mushroom Poisonings in North America

Since agreeing to chair the NAMA Toxicology Committee in the summer of 2003, I have scanned the over 1,700 reports of mushroom poisonings in the NAMA registry maintained since 1984. I have fully reviewed the reports for 2001, 2002, and 2003, which total 130 human cases involving 192 people and 23 reports of poisonings of […]

Mushroom Toxins

Many people take up mushroom hunting in order to find mushrooms to eat. Eating mushrooms is called Mycophagy. To learn which mushrooms are safe to eat it will be necessary to study them in some detail. The study of mushrooms is called Mycology. The question beginning mushroom hunters most often ask is whether or not […]

What to Expect on Forays

A wild mushroom “field trip, hunt, foray, walk, tour” or whatever one calls it, is not: A guarantee, by the leader or host, that mushrooms will be found! It is also not: An effort to gather an abundance of any species, beyond one’s personal needs. It should be: Considered a visit to an environment which […]

Advice for Beginning Wild Mushroom Hunters

Many beginning wild mushroom hunters take the straight-line approach of learning to identify a particular mushroom they want to find and eat. They read one field guide and then go out and pick mushrooms and try to make them fit the description in the field guide. This approach can be dangerous! Before you pick that […]