Fungus is all around us and necessary to the planet, University of Washington mycology professor Steve Trudell said during his annual seminar at the Cedar River Watershed."No fungi, no plants.
No plants, no animals," including humans, he
But if you know your mushrooms, you could be in for a delectable dinner, and for families, it can be a whole new way to see the state's forests, he
"Most adults don't know much about mushroom hunting, so it is something that gives the kids a chance to know just as much as the adults," he
"Whatever the intent of your hunting, for edible mushrooms or to explore different kinds, mushroom hunting is a fun family activity."
Besides being lower to the ground and having plenty of curiosity, children are usually the best mushroom hunters.
Not many children were traipsing around the Cedar River Watershed with Trudell
and watershed educators Oct. 10, but several area residents proved quite successful at finding plenty of types of mushrooms.
It's important to ensure you get as much of the mushroom as possible for identification purposes, Trudell
It is really important to identify your mushroom before eating it, as "many people react differently to many mushrooms, as with most types of food, so it is important to remember to not eat anything you can't positively identify," Trudell
Once, you've positively identified what fungi you have, take a small taste with your front teeth and taste on the tip of your tongue.
If you start to feel nauseous, dizzy, feverish or tingly, spit out the mushroom.
If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.
"Don't assume you will always, or even often, be successful," Trudell