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Harvesting Shiitake Mushroom for the dinner table
Harvesting Shiitake Mushroom for the dinner table

Harvesting Shiitake Mushrooms for the dinner table while hiking the woodlands enhances the appreciation of forest ecology. Here are some of my personal favorites.

Puffball mushrooms are among the most recognizable of fall fungi. They are round in appearance and range in size from the pear-shaped puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme), of approximately one inch, to the giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea), which may reach diameters larger than a basketball.

Most are rated “choice” for eating. The few that are not won't affect your health and can easily be distinguished by their rank odor.