Joined Jun 9, 2001
I would like to start foraging (sp?) for mushrooms someday and would like to know what mushroom ID books are good.

Any suggestions?

Also... if I wanted to "grow" my own do I do this?
Joined Dec 30, 1999
Not personally sure about books to recommend for you but here are some you can browse: mushroom books.

As for growing your own, there are plenty of places that sell kits in different forms for several varieties of mushrooms. Look here for mushroom kit information.

I am growing oyster mushrooms myself at the moment. They're a joy to watch grow.

Joined Jul 23, 2002
This is my most used book...
best I've found...

by David Arora

THE book to have.


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Joined Oct 7, 2001
Though books are a great starting point, your best bet is to find someone that forages often, to help you learn how to locate and identify mushrooms.
Joined Aug 11, 2000
Ditto what Pete said.....the best thing to do is look for NAMA groups or go to local parks that have rangers and classes (our MO chapter has beginner forays. there are not too many things that look like a chanterelle, but if your hunting it is always best to be 100% sure of what your eating. and I would even then have a small bite wait a day and see how your body reacts. I have a friend with a shiitake farm that sells mushroom logs....Ozark Forest Mushrooms, Nicola Hellmuth 314 531 9935 is her phone if you want to get a shiitake log. As with anything the medium you use to grow shrooms on matters the toliet paper roll shiitakes are different thatn the log grown.
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