ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Identify Edible Mushrooms on Your Yard:

Updated on September 22, 2015
Branch Oyster Mushroom
Branch Oyster Mushroom

Mushrooms Grow Everywhere: Even in your Backyard!

Mushrooms are in the same family as mold, so it is not surprising that they end up growing mostly everywhere.

If you have dead wood or wet wood near or on your yard, then you can surely spot mushrooms growing on your land.

This article serves to let you know about three types of edible mushroom that are very common in yards, but if you aren't experienced in mushroom harvesting then take this article as a curiosity just to let you know if the mushroom you have there MAY be edible.

Remember, there are only two sure shot ways to guarantee you're eating edible mushrooms:

  • Buying them from sealed packages at reliable stores;
  • Growing them yourself from controlled samples

Having this in mind, you can read the rest, paying attention to the disclaimer.

This is Dangerous!
This is Dangerous!

Disclaimer: Don’t Eat Wild Mushrooms if You Aren’t Experienced!

I know it may seem obvious for some that you should never eat a wild mushroom based solely on an online article, but for those who can’t see the obvious – this is an article to help curious people in identifying local mushrooms just out of curiosity, not to help them eat them without prior knowledge!

Knowing your mushrooms isn’t an easy thing, and even experts get it wrong sometimes, so bear this in mind while you’re reading this article.

Eating a mushroom that isn’t edible can kill you or sicken you gravely, and you shouldn’t gamble with your life that easily.

While this article may be interested, don’t consider it a bible – far from that!

A Congregation of Puffballs
A Congregation of Puffballs

Puffball Mushroom:


The mushroom above is a pretty big one and it is a mushroom that is common in forests and edible, growing in the Fall and even during the late Summer.

They usually grow on wood that is moist or decaying and taste amazingly well when fried on a pan or deep frier.

However, these mushrooms can be quite similar to parasols in their young stages, so you should only risk it if you know what you’re doing because parasols are best left avoided.

See the Growing Pattern?
See the Growing Pattern?

The Oyster Mushroom: An Edible Beauty!

The Oyster mushroom is a type of fungi that is used in high profile dishes and gourmet restaurants. This edible mushroom is also one of the easiest to spot in the wild, or even to grow on your yard if you fancy yourself a mushroom farmer.

These fungi are white and soft, usually growing in tight groups and during the Summer months.

A Maitake Mushroom Cluster
A Maitake Mushroom Cluster

The Maitake Mushroom: Edible Feathers!

The Maitake edible mushroom is the safest bet on this list simply because it has no close lookalike toadstools, and nothing poisonous looks like it, so it is quite a safe pick (remember, even when this is true you shouldn’t harvest or eat mushrooms if you don’t know what you’re doing).

Their appearance is quite unique, being kind of rounded and looking with a bird with its feathers spruced up, giving them the alternate name of “Hen of the Woods”.

Their growth pattern is shown on the picture above, as they overlap one another in a tight formation. Don’t be fooled however, as they can grow to be quite big and heavy.

This mushroom is a food item that has the potential to feed you for days if you know how to prepare its various parts (it has parts both hard and soft).

Danger Meter:

Do you know of any Mushroom Expert that risked too much and ate the wrong mushroom?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      mushident 

      3 years ago

      Nice pictures.. can you share them for our site about mushroms http://identification.growing-mushrooms.com ?

    • phoenix2327 profile image

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very useful information. Thanks.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)