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Question 6: What's a sure way to tell if a mushroom is good to eat?






Chlorophyllum molybdites, poisonous
Chlorophyllum molybdites
The ONLY way is to know the mushroom. There is no single test, chemical or otherwise, that can be performed to see if a mushroom is poisonous or not. Most mushroom toxins are gastro-intestinal irritants (see question 2), and most of these chemicals are unknown.

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Lepiota rachodes, edible
Lepiota rachodes

This means being able to identify the mushroom and separate it from its poisonous look-alikes. The only way to get good at identifying mushrooms is to practice, hopefully in the company of other people who know what they're doing.

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