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Wild Edible Mushrooms of California

This guide focuses on wild edible mushrooms in California that are suitable for novice mushroom pickers. They either have no poisonous look-alikes or can be differentated from look-alikes by verifying all the key characteristics and comparing the mushroom against the listed look-alikes. As a safety precaution, only consume small quantities when trying a mushroom for the first time, and always cook mushrooms thoroughly.

Warning: Never experiment with a mushroom that you cannot positively identify, that is over-ripe, damaged, or collected from contaminated areas. Consuming poisonous mushrooms can kill you.

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