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Loup
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I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
What's the best resource to learn about foraging for wild mushrooms? Are there any book/youtube/podcast recommendations? I've done a little bit of reading but I don't trust my ID skills enough to actually eat a wild mushroom at this point.



Icansee4miles
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
There’s a FB group, think it’s called wild edibles, that’s Louisiana centric and pretty informative


Broyota2
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
Morels are what you are after my friend. Easy to identify, taste great.


mylsuhat
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
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Easy to identify, taste great.
and do not exist around here


commode
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
I'm not sure the Broussard area has Morels.


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Nicky Parrish
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
You can eat any mushroom
Some only once


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Loup
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
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and do not exist around here



I've never seen one, I could identify one of those. I'm pretty sure I've seen about a million Chantrelles, just never had the balls to try one.


Loup
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
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There’s a FB group, think it’s called wild edibles, that’s Louisiana centric and pretty informative



Thanks, just joined it.


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lowhound
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I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms


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lsuson
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
Like others said, there are FB groups that you can learn from. If you live in South LA you can get chantrelles in the summer and oysters in the winter. They do also have other edible ones like lions mane, but they are more rare. North LA does have morels.


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Captain Ray
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
The go to Cajun country boy answer is oyster mushrooms we call em champons? spelling? the picking rules are simple they grey ribbed underneath look like shelf shrooms but do grow on a stem. ya gotta learn to recognize willow bark when old cause thats where they grow 2 shrooms grow on old willow the oysters and the one bad for ya and its b right orange so its easy safe picking. Ya want a foggy morning and here thats not rare.


donkeydong
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
We don't have morals in my area but I can pick 100's of pounds of the yellow chanterelles. They taste amazing fried in butter.

The only chanterelle look a like is the jack o lantern. Once you know what you are looking for its easy to tell the difference. The chanterelles have a apricot smell and are not slimy.

If in doubt take a picture of the top and underside and post to a local mushroom facebook. Someone will let you know what you have for certain.

Here are a few pics of my chanterelle hunting...

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Loup
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
Any tips on what kind of areas to look for? I've read that they don't on stumps, only soil. Also oak flats are good for them.


Capt ST
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
I found them turkey hunting in an oak flat. Looked similar to that pic posted, they were popping up everywhere. Lions mane is awesome if you can find them and I pick a ton of oysters during duck season. Love those things. I'm sure we'll cross paths on the FB edible page.


donkeydong
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
I've never seen the chanterelles growing directly from wood, only in soil. Always around hardwood leaf litter... never in pine areas.

The pics I posted are the big ones that come later in summer. Right now they are much smaller but more dense and flavorful.

I take a knife and a really soft brush to clean them before I bag them. I cut off the dirty base of the stem and use to brush to try and remove any other debris. If you bag them without cleaning you'll be sorry when you get home and they are all coated with dirt.


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Loup
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
I plan on hitting sherburne in July to see if I can find a few there. Thanks for the tips!


mylsuhat
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
can you post a like to the FB page?


Loup
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can you post a like to the FB page?


LINK

I'm still waiting on approval


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lsuson
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
Hardwood areas with lots of shade and leaves is a good spot to try. Wait for a good rain before you start looking. Multiple days of sun and you are wasting your time. Just focus on oak trees and stay away from pine. Also cut them at the stem and they will grow back.


Loup
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re: I'm curious about edible wild mushrooms
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Hardwood areas with lots of shade and leaves is a good spot to try. Wait for a good rain before you start looking. Multiple days of sun and you are wasting your time. Just focus on oak trees and stay away from pine. Also cut them at the stem and they will grow back.



thanks, would palmetto flats with a lot of pin oaks and some drainage areas be a decent spot to start looking?


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