Morel mushroom season is in full swing, with hunters looking beneath every promising tree, hoping no one else finds their secret spots. In some parts of the country, you can also find fruity chanterelle mushrooms or earthy porcinis. There may even be delicate shaggymanes growing on your lawn, or oyster mushrooms on a tree nearby.
If you’ve never dared to eat wild mushrooms before, you’re missing out on all these delicious flavors. Mycologist and author Gary Lincoff shares tips for finding some easy-to-identify edible mushrooms this spring and summer, wherever you may live. He also offers advice for foraging safely so you don’t accidentally consume a gourmet fungus’ toxic doppleganger.