posted on Sep, 29 2009 @ 09:25 AM
reply to post by burdman30ott6
As an experienced fungi hunter I offer these suggestions...
Get more than one guide book cross referencing is all important and helps weed out mistakes since names can change depending on region and the ever
changing nature of fungi species identification...trust me its complex.
After going through dozens I recommend these three:
The Audubon guide to the mushrooms of North America
Roger Phillips Guide to the mushrooms of North America (he also has an excellent website: www.rogersmushrooms.com...
David Arora's Mushrooms Demystified
For my money they are the best ones out there...they all have their strengths and weaknesses.
Use the Audubon guide as your carry along in your basket or back pocket.
Use the other two when you get home...Arora's for its excellent identification guides and user friendly approach and Phillips for the most
scientific approach (but not so user friendly)
I always cross reference every single mushroom I pick even if I know it like the back of my hand...
AND always when in doubt throw it out...If you use that as a mantra and practice it religiously you will live to be a dirty old man.
There are as they say old mushroom hunters and there are bold mushroom hunters but there are no old bold mushroom hunters.
[edit on 29-9-2009 by grover]