How Do I Tell If a Mushroom Is Safe to Eat?

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If you spend any time outdoors, you’ve probably seen mushrooms growing under trees or in your yard, but if you’re out camping or just enjoy foraging, here are some ways to tell if the mushroom you’re looking at is edible.

Caution – Read My Disclaimer

First of all, it should be said that if you’re not absolutely, clearly, 100% sure that a mushroom that you see is safe to eat, then do not eat it. Some mushrooms can sicken or kill you if eaten. Even if you think it’s possibly safe, there’s no reason to put your health in jeopardy if you’re not absolutely sure. To that point, this is not an authoritative or definitive guide to mushrooming. We hope to get you started or interested, but don’t do anything dangerous based on one article.

How Do I Tell If a Mushroom Is Safe to Eat?

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