Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBotany · 1 decade ago

How can you tell the difference between a poisonous mushroom and one that is safe to eat?

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Formerly, the annulus was thought to be an indicator of a poisonous mushroom but this thought has long been rejected. Consider Agaricus brunneus, or the typical edible button mushroom; it has annulus, but is not poisonous.

    I've learned in my General Botany that mushroom poison can be tested by a laboratory procedure called "assay". If amanitoxin is found to be positive, then it's an indication of poison.

    But, well, basically, I'd just rely on the experts for that. And I'd only be eating button mushrooms and the economically important ones, for safety, at least.

  • Kris L
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    If you are not a 'trained mycologist' (a person trained in 'mushroom science') then you should NEVER go by 'sight' alone to try to identify 'poisonous' and/or 'edible' mushrooms. Even mycologists have made 'mistakes' ... so I'd just 'buy the mushrooms or the 'mushroom garden' at the store, and if you really want to 'live on the edge' go mushroom hunting in the woods but take ONLY those mushrooms that you know from experience are 'edible.'

  • Erika
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Generally, mushrooms that are white in color are safe to eat. Mushrooms that are red in color are poisonous. In my opinion, I wouldn't eat either of them. Best to get them from the market =)

    Source(s): I learned that from a kid vegetable book
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I know but if i was you i woulnt go eating any Mushrooms if you have to ask......I personally go pick the good ones to make tea out of to get high.....i dont recomend you eat any wild mushrooms

  • 1 decade ago

    taste it... If you die, then........................

    if not, then your cool


    i think you just have to know, kinda like the difference between poison ivy,oak,sumac, and regular plant.

    heres a good website that might be a starting point.

  • 1 decade ago

    Study, study, study.

    It takes years for you to become an expert in the field of identifying mushrooms.

    Don't trust your life by guessing -- leave it to the experts (and even they are wrong --dead wrong-- sometimes).


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