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Mushroom Quiz: Yummy or Nasty?

Mushrooms (fungi), it seems, are neither animals nor plants, but something else again! As many of us know, the wide variety of mushrooms available can add greatly to the variety of our cuisine. But beware – some nasty fungi are lurking among the good ones! Do you know the tasty from the yucky? The healthful from the downright toxic? Take this quiz and find out ? Don’t forget to click on an emotion when you’re done!

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  • Agaricus bisporus (common mushroom) is…

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Aleuria aurantia (orange peel fungus)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Lepiota castanea (chestnut dapperling)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Rubroboletus satanas (Satan’s bolete)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Auricularia auricula-judae (Jew’s ear, wood ear)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Entoloma rhodopolium (wood pinkgill)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Agaricus xanthodermus (yellow-stainer)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Agaricus augustus (the prince)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Coprinus comatus (shaggy ink cap)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Amanita caesarea (Caesar’s mushroom)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Boletus edulis (penny bun or cep)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Cantharellus (Chanterelle)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous
  • Amanita phalloides (death cap)

    • Edible
    • Poisonous

What do you think?

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  1. 6/13. Amazed that so many are edible; they looked toxic to me. I did see a woman in Nepal with a bowlful of colourful fungi, and worried that some or all were dangerous. Every country has it’s own kinds, I think… here in Australia a few years ago, an Asian Chef and his mates died after they’d eaten a fungus that wasn’t what they thought it was.
    So. Educational. Thank you. ( I still wouldn’t touch them.)

    • That seems to be the general danger: mistaken identity because of misleading resemblances. I went on a one-day course a few autumns ago, learning to identify the good and evil wild fungi in our woodlands, but I still wouldn’t trust myself 🙂

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