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1995). A Cook’s Book of Mushrooms. New York: Artisan. Farges, A. (2000). Mushroom Cookery. New York: Workman. Freedman, L. (1987). Wild about Mushrooms. Berkeley, CA: Aris Books. McLaughlin, M. (1994). The Mushroom Cookbook. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. Nims, C. C. (2004). Wild Mushrooms. Mount Claremont, WA: West­winds Press. Hallucinogenic Mushrooms The psychoactive effects of a few mushroom species have long been recognized. Small sculptures celebrating sacred mushrooms found in the highlands of Guatemala are more than 3000 years old.

Expert opinion on edibility can change; at one time the chicken-of-the-woods or sulfur shelf (Laetiporus species) was considered a foolproof edible in terms 24 COLLECTING MUSHROOMS of easy identification. Today, along the West Coast, questions have been raised regarding its edibility, especially when growing on eucalyptus. A similar fate has befallen the distinctive yellowgilled Man on Horseback (Tricholoma equestre). The best way to start collecting for the table is in the company of knowledgeable people on a foray organized by a mushroom club.

Muscaria and also drinking the urine of those who had consumed the mushroom to minimize some of the unpleasant side effects of ingesting the actual mushroom.  . ” The eighteenth-century Danish historian Samuel Ödman attributed the ferociousness of Viking Berserkers to eating A. muscaria before battle. The species grows throughout the western states. Its recreational use is limited because of its unpleasant side effects. 36 COLLECTING MUSHROOMS MU S HRO OM CULT IVATIO N A number of edible mushrooms can be grown at home.

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