What’s New? How To Recognize An Edible Mushroom


As soon as autumn arrives, many people want to go to some secret places to pick up edible mushrooms in addition to chestnuts. This is an excellent excuse to go for a long walk in the forest or in the surroundings and it is a delight every time on the plate. It must be said that the ceps, boletus, oyster mushrooms, chanterelles, morels, and other species of mushrooms collected have nothing to do with the tasteless mushrooms of the supermarket. Nevertheless, this picking is an art and the novice picker can be a bit lost.

Improvisation is risky, as it could have disastrous consequences such as intoxication. It is better to come back empty-handed than to pick up poisonous or even deadly mushrooms. Those who know more about mushrooms can also make a few mistakes when picking them!

We, therefore, provide you with a guide to follow as well as the best application to use to clear up any confusion, but you still need to be careful because the application is still not an excellent indicator.

1) Avoid improvising

It sometimes takes time to find the right spots and you don’t leave with your arms full of mushrooms when you pick them. First of all, choose a day when the weather is good, and three or four days after a rainy episode!
To avoid intoxication worries, you can arm yourself with a good manual. Otherwise, a well-made phone application will help you recognize all the mushrooms and collect the common, non-hazardous species.
If you don’t know anything about mushrooms, the best thing to do is to go with someone for your first harvest. A close mycology enthusiast will be more likely to share their secret spots and knowledge!

2) We choose the right tools

If there is one thing to avoid, it is to use a plastic bag: if you lose it, it will pollute the forest! Moreover, it also risks fermenting your forest mushrooms. This could make them toxic… everything we want to avoid! It is best to opt for a wicker basket. It may seem old-fashioned (the charm of the old), but it will allow you to put your tasty mushrooms in it gently. At least, you won’t risk losing it. It also makes it less likely that you’ll mix the good with the bad when in doubt. You can wrap some of them in paper towels to better isolate them if you don’t know them.

3) The ideal outfit

We do not neglect the outfit with good boots to walk in muddy or slippery areas and with a raincoat (just in case). The gaiter is also a big plus (experience speaks…). It’s not very glamorous, but it’s always better than muddy pants!

Camouflage clothes are not essential: mushrooms are not likely to run away if they see you… On the contrary, wearing a very visible outfit can be a plus during hunting season to avoid being mistaken for a hare. In any case, wear solid, comfortable, and protective clothing, which you may not be too fond of.

4) You don’t pick just anything

You should not pick just anything under the pretext of not wanting to leave empty-handed! First of all, you should avoid picking those you don’t know because it is the best way to end up with toxic mushrooms! Same thing for those who are along the roads: the ground is polluted, and these mushrooms absorb it and become unfit for consumption. Finally, those that are near cultivated fields can be filled with fungicides, pesticides, and weed killers.

Also stay away from old mushrooms that may be unfit for consumption, or even purely and simply toxic. They are also important for the species: by releasing spores, they allow other mushrooms to grow! Some species need them to thrive.

5) The right move

Think of cutting the base of the foot leaving the mycelium in the ground, which will allow supporting a future reproduction and thus the regrowth. For this, do not hesitate to use a good knife! It is strongly advised not to pull the whole thing out like a savage.

6) Consumption

Wild mushrooms cannot be kept indefinitely, as this can make them toxic. Even if the ideal would be to consume them within 48 hours, you can nevertheless decide to can them, freeze them or dry them. This way, they can be used all year long in a risotto, a velouté, or a good homemade mushroom pan.

And if you feel the slightest sign of intoxication (digestive problems, trembling, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting…), don’t waste any time and call the poison control center near your home. Picking some poisonous or deadly species of mushrooms can happen to anyone by mistake, hence the importance of being well informed and once again not picking or eating just anything. A poisonous mushroom will be delicious, but it will only be delicious once!

A reminder of good practices to avoid poisoning

♦ Only collect mushrooms that you know perfectly well: some highly toxic mushrooms look very similar to edible species.
♦ If you have any doubts about the identification of a mushroom, do not eat it before having it checked by a specialist in the field: pharmacist or mycology association.
♦ Never feed the mushrooms you have picked too young children.
♦ Do not consume mushrooms identified by means of a mushroom recognition application on a smartphone, because of the high risk of error.

The best applications for identifying mushrooms

The best applications to recognize mushrooms are those found on Google Play.
It is the most reliable platform that emphasizes its commercial policy on the reliability of the products published in its stores.
So make a choice of the most downloaded application publicly and click on this link