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Another thing, he told me any of the white variety of wild mushrooms were very edible, and they grow all around here.
I want to let people know that this is NOT TRUE. NOT "any" white wild mushrooms are edible. I have the National Audoban Society Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States open in front of me to page 79, looking at a picture of a white wild mushroom called a "Destroying Angel", with a description that reads:
Destroying Angel - Entirely white. Cap umbrella-shaped, with ragged edges....Habitat: Broad leaf forests, pastures.....Caution: Deadly poisonous; can be mistaken for edible Agaricus species..."
I don't mean to sound like a nitpicker....dork/nerd would be a more accurate word, because I bought this book after we moved to Virginia, and I actually read this thing...for fun. And surprisingly, remembered a lot of it. When I read what you wrote Thook I immediately remembered reading this and remembered the picture, and so pulled out my book to double check and see if maybe I was remembering something wrong. I wasn't....so, the moral of the story is.....don't eat wild white mushrooms unless you know your stuff! And NEVER just take somebody's word for anything.......ALWAYS double check the facts you're being told. Especially if it could result in your death, and even worse, when you're passing on incorrect information that could lead to somebody else's death.
My friend is pretty good at identifying local flora.....
At this point it's safe to say that his advise may not be so reliable, and that he may not be as gifted as you originally thought. I'd seriously question and double check everything he's told you or does tell you.
Now, back to the beautiful pictures..........
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