Warning for local mushroom pickers
WITH mushroom season now in full swing, fungi foragers are being warned to avoid poisonous mushrooms in the Glenelg Shire.
Hordes of mushrooms are now beginning to sprout up across the district almost overnight, much to the delight of weekend scavengers and natural photographers.
But for every edible saffron milk cap and slippery jack, there are the enticing, but unfortunately poisonous fly agaric and death cap mushrooms.
Mushroom expert Tom May, the senior mycologist at the Royal Botanical Gardens, warned pickers to be wary of these freely found fungi.
“(My) advice for people wanting to consume wild fungi is make sure you know the identity of the mushroom you are collecting, don’t just eat something because it looks good,” Mr May said.
“Unfortunately, there are several look-a-like fungi, including the poisonous yellow-staining mushroom agaricus xanthodermus that looks very similar to field mushroom agaricus campestris.”
Mr May said foragers can find more information on the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria website at https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/science/herbarium-and-resources/identification-and-information-services/edible-and-poisonous-fung