Mycophagy

What’s in Season?

The species listed below can typically found in southern Wisconsin during the specified month. Fungi marked with an asterisk are generally regarded as choice edibles, but individual preferences vary. The rest are “eatable” and require some creativity in the kitchen to make them taste good. As a reminder, one must always be cautious when eating wild foods and be 100% confident of their identification. There are mushrooms that are deadly poisonous. With the appropriate precautions and education, however, foraging can be a safe and delicious endeavor. When eating something for the first time, try a little before trying a lot, and give yourself time to digest and respond. Some people have adverse or allergic reactions even if that mushroom is consumed widely.

May

Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral)
*Auricularia auricula
(Jelly Ear)
Cerioporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle)
Exidia glandulosa (Jelly Brain)
Exidia recisa (Amber Jelly)
*Morchella esculentoides (Grey or Blonde Morel)
*Pleurotus citrinopileatus (Yellow Oyster Mushroom)
*Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom)

June

Artomyces pyxidatus (Crown-tipped Coral)
Coprinopsis variegata (Scaly Inky Cap)
Laccaria amethystina (Amethyst Deceiver)
Megacollybia rodmanii
 (Platterful Mushroom)
*Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom)
Pluteus cervinus (Fawn Mushroom)

July

*Cantharellus cinnabarinus (Cinnabar Chanterelle)
*Cantharellus flavus
*Cantharellus phasmatis
(Ghost Chanterelle)
*Laetiporus cincinnatus
 (White-pored Chicken of the Woods)
Xerocomellus chrysenteron (Red-cracking Bolete)

August

 

September

Suillus cavipes

October

Suillus cavipes

November