Are Mushrooms a Vegetable?

Are Mushrooms a Vegetable & Where Do They Fit on the Food Pyramid? It’s no secret that mushrooms have been part of the human diet for decades and are a delight in a vast assortment of dishes. However, there’s one question that keeps cropping up. Are mushrooms a vegetable? While mushrooms are typically classified as … Read more

What are the Four Categories of Mushrooms?

What is a Mushroom? A mushroom is a fruiting body of a kind of fungus. A fungus is a group of spore-producing organisms including mold, yeasts mushrooms, and toadstools. There are over 14,000 species of mushrooms among which there are only 14,000 known species. Mushrooms can be poisonous, medicinal or edible. A number of species … Read more

The Best Mushroom Hunting Books

Mushroom Foraging Book Recommendations There is a lot to consider when buying a mushroom identification guide. After all, you want a good one so you can trust the ID. With a plethora of books on the market, it is hard to know which ones are worth the money. The best guides are ones that focus … Read more

All About Lobster Mushrooms

All About Lobster Mushrooms It sounds bizarre, a mushroom named lobster – what in the world can a mushroom and lobster have in common? Well, it turns out, a few things. To start, the color of this fungi (Hypomyces lactifluorum) is so intensely lobster red that it is extraordinary. And, on top of that, it … Read more

How to Forage Mushrooms Sustainably

Sustainable Mushroom Foraging: If You Love Mushrooms, Protect Them Foraging mushrooms means many different things to many different people. For some, it is a casual activity, enjoyed on walks and hikes. To others, it is a treasure hunt, with the goal of finding specific species and types. And then, some do it solely for profit. … Read more

Trees and Fungi: Their Secret Partnership

Trees and Fungi: Their Secret Partnership Trees definitely might be the rock star(s) of the forest, but they co-exist with smaller plant life and organisms.  These little organisms, fungi and mushrooms, are valuable and can demand a high price at market. What is the importance of the relationship between trees and mycorrhiza (a “symbiotic association … Read more

Social Distancing? Why Mushroom Hunting Might be the Perfect COVID-19 Activity

Why Mushroom Hunting Might be the Perfect COVID-19 Activity? These are tough times that we are going through at the moment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to obey the orders and respect social distancing. A real bummer, especially if you are someone who likes to be active. But the truth is that we can … Read more

What Makes a Wild Mushroom Edible?

What Makes A Mushroom Edible?   The world of edible mushrooms is vast, complicated, and region-specific. There is no unifying element between the edible varieties that makes them easy to identify as good eating. Edibility determinations are a result of many years of humans trying, learning what to avoid, and learning what to seek out. … Read more