The Forager's Wild Food Basics
The Forager Press, LLC, their employees, agents, owners and affiliates have taken great care in the preparation of these internet documents in an effort to provide the most accurate information available relating to edible wild plants and fungi. However, they do not make any warranties as to the safety of consuming any wild foods and accept no liability or responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of or reliance upon the information contained herein, nor for any health problems, consequences or symptoms which may arise from contact with or the ingestion of fungi, mushrooms, fungi spores or any plant herein described. Any person who ingests mushrooms or any other potentially dangerous fungi, or puts themselves into direct or indirect contact with it for any reason, does so at their own risk. If you have any doubts whatsoever about your identification of a wild plant or mushroom, don't eat it!
You would do well to memorize
When in doubt,
throw it out!
Though only a small percentage of North American mushrooms are deadly, your first mistake could be your last. There are many dangerous plants that can be confused with edibles too.
For that reason, we encourage people to learn as much as they can about the interesting sciences of mycology and botany, before experimenting with eating wild foods on their own. Many clubs and organizations exist around the world to share knowledge and experience.
Fortunately, many of the finest wild edibles are easy to identify with a
little practice and the assistance of a field guide or two. These are the wild species
that we focus on for your safety.