Old fashioned ways to identify poisonous mushrooms (if you want a trip to the ER or the morgue, that is)

by | Apr 2, 2021

Deadly Amanita mushrooms will test as “safe” for most of these. In other words, DO NOT use these to suss out which mushrooms are poisonous….

From the upcoming “Seriously Poisonous Mushrooms of North America” Zoom class

I wouldn’t use these methods if I were you.

A mushroom is toxic if:

…a silver coin blackens if placed in water with the mushroom    

…the mushroom curdles milk

…it’s cap skin is difficult to remove

…it turns a clove of garlic blue or black when cooked together

…if it grows on dung (the ubiquitous grocery store Button Mushroom would be flagged 

    as toxic)

…if its flesh turns a different color upon slicing

…if its odor is unpleasant

Written By Anna-Marija Helt

Related Posts

Mushromatherapy – Part 1

Artist's Conk / Ganoderma applanatum Any of you who’ve stuck your nose up to a mushroom know that they are aromatic.  Even if they just smell like...


Went looking for mushrooms today. Found nothing but a few Corts : ( But I did find a lovely patch of Monkshood (Aconitum columbianum), one of my favorite...