Toadstool vs. Mushroom

By: Shelby Brusman

Toadstool

The spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically in the form of a rounded cap on a stalk, especially one that is believed to be inedible or poisonous
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Mushroom

A fungal growth that typically takes the form of a domed cap on a stalk, often with gills on the underside of the cap.

Picking Mushrooms Properly

1.) Consider the context. (When you've discovered a mushroom to identify, examine its surroundings. Make note of what the mushroom is growing on, and note the location.)

2.) Observe all identifying characteristics. (Color, Ornamentation, Are the gills covered by a veil of thin, felt-like, or cobwebby tissue?)

3.) Identify lookalikes. (Remember that a species that is easily identified in one region may have a dangerous lookalike in another region)

4.) Mushrooms should be carried in paper bags or waxed paper, preferably in a rigid container. (Plastic sandwich bags will turn them to unidentifiable mush.)

5.) Store and transport the mushrooms safely