FAQ- Edibility requests

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Please do not ask for the identification of fungi for edibility or narcotic purposes. Any help provided by forum members is on the understanding that fungi are not to be consumed. Any deaths or serious poisonings are the responsibility of the person eating or preparing the fungus for others. If it is apparent from a post that the fungus is for eating or smoking etc, the post will be deleted and a warning given. Although many members do eat fungi, no-one would be willing to take someone else's life into their hands.
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FAQ- Edibility requests

Post by adampembs » Wed May 13, 2015 12:09 pm

Any requests for identification for the purposes of eating or for recreational drug use will be deleted.

This is not out of meanness, but simply that it is often difficult to be 100% sure about an ID, without seeing the fungus up close, possibly with microscopy or chemical tests or smell to confirm.

Given the deadly nature of some fungi, who wants to be responsible for someone being poisoned?

You are also putting your life in someone else's hands.

Furthermore, mycologists are concerned about the decline of many species of fungi. Picking rare fungi due to the current foraging fad is not conducive with protecting vulnerable and endangered species. They are not so common as blackberries or nettles. You don't pick bird eggs, do you? Or go to bird-watching groups to ask about the edibility of Willow Warblers or Puffins.
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Re: Edibility requests

Post by marksteer » Sun May 17, 2015 5:52 am

May seem harsh but I completely agree!
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Re: Edibility requests

Post by Gracie » Wed May 20, 2015 6:10 pm

I agree too, there are too many people picking the fungi in great numbers leaving nothing for whoever should follow.

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Re: Edibility requests

Post by adampembs » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:38 pm

A reminder that admins are routinely deleting posts asking about edibility because the cretins who post them cannot be bothered to read the forum rules or get any concept of the conservation focussed nature of this forum. I have no problem with people who wish to forage sustainably (of small amounts of common species) , it is those who cant be bothered to read who bother me.
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Re: Edibility requests

Post by adampembs » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:25 am

...and not to mention killing themselves or their friends and family..
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