There are literally thousands of mushrooms out in the woods and fields of southeast Missouri. Some of them are poisonous, while some of them aren’t. Be sure to get check out pictures of the edible ones and make sure they are not one of the poisonous kinds as some of those are fatal. One rule of thumb, though not something to totally go by, is that if they are pretty, they are probably poisonous! Here are a few of the non-poisonous kinds that people eat. Also, just because a mushroom is eatable doesn’t mean it’s delicious!
1. Morel: These are probably the most sought after mushrooms to eat. They are ugly and look almost like a dehydrated sponge. They range from tan to a dark grey color and look like they are pruned up. These are known to be very delicious and come out in the early spring. They can be found in the woods, especially around fallen down trees, stumps, and areas that have been burned in the past.
2. The Black Trumpet: Just like the name implies, these look like a trumpet, only they range from a dark brown to black color. They can be found growing around trees and around mossy areas in groups.
3. Chanterelles: These are almost trumpet shaped as well, only they are more wavy edges and can be found in bunches.
4. Puffballs: These look like golf balls and can be found in fields. They have a small dark spot at the top of them when they are mature.
5. Giant Puffball: These look similar to the smaller puffballs, only they aren’t as round and they are much bigger. They can be found in fields and they have a white interior. The tops start to turn colors such as tan or brown with age, too.
6. Tree ears: These can be found growing on trees. They are orange or brown and look similar to a human ear.
Whenever you are picking mushrooms, it is imperative to make sure you are not picking poisonous ones. It is said that there are some mushrooms that haven’t even been identified yet and some of the poisonous ones look similar to the edible ones. It would be wise to bring someone with you that is experienced with mushroom hunting. You can find pictures of edible mushrooms in southeast Missouri at mdc.mo.gov.
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