If you’ve learned how to accurately identify any wild mushroom (including knowing when you don’t know), you’re ready to start sampling some of the best wild food Missouri has to offer.
The mushrooms listed below are distinctive in some obvious ways, and they have no dangerous look-alikes. Learn their identifying features so you don’t make an unpleasant (even fatal) mistake. Each entry also has a brief description of the mushroom, including where and when it can be found—very important for accurate identification. If there are reasons for caution, they are noted.
Always use caution!
- Never eat a wild mushroom unless you're absolutely certain of its species. Browse Basic Mushrooming to learn how to identify Missouri's wild mushrooms.
- Never eat raw wild mushrooms. They can be hard to digest or have irritants that are deactivated by cooking.
- If you’re trying one for the first time, eat only a few (cooked) bites, and save a raw specimen in the fridge for 48 hours. This will be helpful if it turns out you’re allergic or sensitive to it — or if you’ve made a mistake.
- Don’t mix more than one kind of mushroom if you’re trying them for the first time.