It’s no big secret that nature does wonders for our physical and mental wellness – however, the majority will agree that we’re guilty of underappreciating it. 

We often forget that we live in a fast-paced environment and that ongoing stress can leave you feeling hopeless and, quite frankly, exhausted. 

Getting some outdoor time will promise you a great mood, heaps of positive emotions, and, of course, a much-needed breath of fresh air. Yet strolling around your nearby park doesn’t always sound appealing, so since it’s fall time, perhaps you could take a cue from these folks and do some mushroom picking?

For the love of fungi: hunting, foraging, cultivation, images, research, questions & general discussion” – this online community dedicates its postings to all things mushroom. It was created in March 2020 and, ever since then, has been blessing interested parties with a collection of rare finds and stimulating discussions. The group currently has over 472k members, and today, we’ve decided to gather a couple of its best posts!

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#1

“In Zambia, One Mushroom Feeds A Family For Days. This Is Termitomyces Titanicus. Also Found In West Africa, The Largest Edible Fungus In The World”

“In Zambia, One Mushroom Feeds A Family For Days. This Is Termitomyces Titanicus. Also Found In West Africa, The Largest Edible Fungus In The World”

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It’s mushroom season, y’all! 

Well, technically, since there are over 14,000 species, mushroom foraging can be done all year long – however, the optimum time to go hunting is when there has been a lot of rain, as fungus likes humid, damp, and moist conditions. 

That said, most species come out in autumn, sometime at the end of September, and stay out until late November. 

Now, let’s go over the official definition. According to Wikipedia, a source that’s been trusted by folks around the globe since 2001, “A mushroom or toadstool is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground, on soil, or on its food source.”

#2

Beautiful Fungi In My Own Back Yard

Beautiful Fungi In My Own Back Yard

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Those of you who don’t hold any expertise on fungi might be asking yourself what the difference between a mushroom and a toadstool is. 

Well, the answer is actually pretty simple: the word “mushroom” refers to palatable, edible mushrooms – whereas a toadstool is a popular term used to describe fungi that are toxic, poisonous, or just inedible.

Speaking of “inedible,” whether you’re a professional mushroom picker or someone who’s never done it before and is eager to try, knowing the difference between poisonous and edible mushrooms is an absolute must.

#3

High On Mushrooms. Thought You'd Enjoy It

High On Mushrooms. Thought You'd Enjoy It

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#4

The Gift Of Autumn

The Gift Of Autumn

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Duesvolent90
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are they edible? If so, then they are not exempt from my belly.

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All poisonous mushrooms cause gastrointestinal distress; other symptoms vary greatly depending on the species of fungus – however, the consumption of those may result in hospitalization and even death. 

So, how do you tell when a mushroom is poisonous?

Identifying an edible mushroom is hard if you’re a novice – therefore, to avoid any potential risk you should stick to picking the fungi that you’re 100% sure of. 

Otherwise, WildFoodUK offers a couple of great rules that’ll help you to stay out of any unwanted trouble – avoiding mushrooms with red on the cap or stem, white gills, a skirt or ring on the stem, and a bulbous or sack-like base are a few of them.

#5

A Heroic Lift

A Heroic Lift

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To give you a more illustrative example, according to this CDC article that was published last year, “During 2016, an estimated 1,328 emergency department visits and 100 hospitalizations were associated with accidental poisonous mushroom ingestion. 8.6% (48 of 556) of patients who sought care for poisonous mushroom ingestions had a serious adverse outcome.”

While accidental poisoning is not something you can control, it’s vital to remember that a single species of poisonous mushrooms may contain only one toxin or it may contain several – which is why it’s in your best interest to assume the worst and head straight to the hospital where you’ll be able to get the help you need.

#7

Found On Walk!

Found On Walk!

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Russ Kincade
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lion's mane mushroom. Tastes like lobster and it has health benefits!

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#8

Finally Decided To Break In One Of My Foraging Baskets I Made Over The Winter

Finally Decided To Break In One Of My Foraging Baskets I Made Over The Winter

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#9

Lactarius Rubidius Growing Out Of Fox Skull

Lactarius Rubidius Growing Out Of Fox Skull

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Although mushroom hunting has a lot of negative connotations and may even seem a little scary, it’s still a great experience.

First and foremost, it’s an outdoor activity. Just think about it, you’re out and about, exploring the treasures of your nearby forest, breathing in the fresh air, and disconnecting from the outside world. I mean, who wouldn’t want to do that?

It does wonders for your body, mind, and spirit; plus, at the end of your picking session, you get to go home and prepare some delicious food.

#10

Took My 77 Year Old Neighbor Chanterelle Hunting. It Was The First Time In 4years He Could Go, Due To Back And Neck Surgeries. He Told Us Where To Park, We Went Out And Picked For Him, And Found 17lbs. He Was So Happy To Get Back Out There With Some Help!

Took My 77 Year Old Neighbor Chanterelle Hunting. It Was The First Time In 4years He Could Go, Due To Back And Neck Surgeries. He Told Us Where To Park, We Went Out And Picked For Him, And Found 17lbs. He Was So Happy To Get Back Out There With Some Help!

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Hugh Cookson
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh wow, cook those bad boys up with bacon and broad beans, serve with Pumpernickel bread and a cheese sauce. Food of the Gods !!! Well done both of you

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#11

A Massive Boletus Edulis (King Bolete) On The Oregon Coast

A Massive Boletus Edulis (King Bolete) On The Oregon Coast

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#12

I Saw God Today And She’s A Mushroom

I Saw God Today And She’s A Mushroom

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Bored Panda hopes that you’ve enjoyed this jaw-dropping collection of rare mushroom images! Give the subreddit a follow, and let us know if you’ve ever stumbled upon bizarre fungi species yourself.

#13

My Uncle Found A Big Puffball Mushroom

My Uncle Found A Big Puffball Mushroom

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Hugh Cookson
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not really edible - small puffballs, however, are delicious cooked, sliced, in butter with onions, bacon and garlic, served with chips or saute potatoes and Spinach is the food of the gods.

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#14

Camouflage Helped Me Sneak Up On It

Camouflage Helped Me Sneak Up On It

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#15

Jelly Ear , My First Time Finding One !! 😊

Jelly Ear , My First Time Finding One !! 😊

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Robert B
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You didn’t find that, you stole it off someone’s head. You even got the inner parts. That is creepy.

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#16

Found Some Chicken

Found Some Chicken

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Minty
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These type of mushrooms are called 'Chicken of the woods' and their flavour, you guessed it, is very simular to chicken

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#17

Found These Pinecone Fellas While On A Walk!

Found These Pinecone Fellas While On A Walk!

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#19

Todays Fascinating Fungi

Todays Fascinating Fungi

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SarDemMin
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never seen these colors either! Not all edible, I'm guessing? Sorry I'm just the kind to take pictures of wild mushrooms 🍄 Don't know which ones might kill me.

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#20

I Found These Tiny Guys In Some Mulch This Morning. Google Lens Is Not Helping Me Identify

I Found These Tiny Guys In Some Mulch This Morning. Google Lens Is Not Helping Me Identify

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#21

Amazing Mushroom I Saw While Hiking Last Week. Identified For Me As A Shoehorn Oyster

Amazing Mushroom I Saw While Hiking Last Week. Identified For Me As A Shoehorn Oyster

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#22

Found Mushrooms In The Desert Of Wadi Rum - Jordan

Found Mushrooms In The Desert Of Wadi Rum - Jordan

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#23

Another Shot From Fairy Forest!

Another Shot From Fairy Forest!

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#25

My Daughter Loves Mushroom Hunting And Found These Tiny Ones On An Acorn Cap

My Daughter Loves Mushroom Hunting And Found These Tiny Ones On An Acorn Cap

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Carole G.
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The wee ones with pointy hats will be gathering soon 🧙‍♂️

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#26

Unrelenting Rain In Colorado- Total Frenzy On The Forest Floor. I Can’t Stop Smiling!

Unrelenting Rain In Colorado- Total Frenzy On The Forest Floor. I Can’t Stop Smiling!

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#27

Lions Mane Found On My Parents Property. Any Reason Not To Eat It?

Lions Mane Found On My Parents Property. Any Reason Not To Eat It?

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Sawdust
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

'Cause those trees will smash into each other if you remove it!

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#28

Not As Impressive As France, But I’m Super Happy With Yesterday’s 5 Lb Find From California!

Not As Impressive As France, But I’m Super Happy With Yesterday’s 5 Lb Find From California!

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#29

Found The Biggest Mushroom I've Seen In My Life!

Found The Biggest Mushroom I've Seen In My Life!

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#30

I'm 99% Sure It's Safe And Delicious, But Can You Beautiful People Please Confirm

I'm 99% Sure It's Safe And Delicious, But Can You Beautiful People Please Confirm

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Lakota Wolf
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Huitlacoche/corn smut is delicious! However, this looks like a very mature gall, and may be too filled with spores/dry to be easily edible. It's best to harvest the galls when they are still immature and moist! :)

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#31

First Time Mushroom Hunting And We Found Some Chicken Of The Woods!

First Time Mushroom Hunting And We Found Some Chicken Of The Woods!

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#32

My Giant Puffball Find From Last Autumn - As It Was So Ridiculously Huge I Then Decided To Take Some Fun Pics With It

My Giant Puffball Find From Last Autumn - As It Was So Ridiculously Huge I Then Decided To Take Some Fun Pics With It

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#33

Absolute Bolete Unit

Absolute Bolete Unit

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#34

Mt Hood. October 11th

Mt Hood. October 11th

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#35

Massive Bolete

Massive Bolete

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kitten levels tokyo
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see a gargantuan cherry Jell-O shot in a massive wooden chalice.

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#36

My Wife Stopped Us On A Steep, Bumpy Road To Snag This One

My Wife Stopped Us On A Steep, Bumpy Road To Snag This One

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#37

Fire Morels Haul From This Weekend And A Few Blondes, British Columbia

Fire Morels Haul From This Weekend And A Few Blondes, British Columbia

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#38

Happy To Have Stumbled Across This On A Recent Hike

Happy To Have Stumbled Across This On A Recent Hike

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#39

A Tree Full Of Chickens! 🐓🍄

A Tree Full Of Chickens! 🐓🍄

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ginger a. freckleburger
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was so confused by the title lol. I'm definitely not familiar with the mushroom foraging lingo.

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#40

Huge Puffball Found On The Side Of The Road. Had To Get A Picture With This Beauty

Huge Puffball Found On The Side Of The Road. Had To Get A Picture With This Beauty

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