BOOKS AND Mushroom GUIDES
Knowing how to recognize different types of edible and toxic mushrooms is essential to enjoy your mycological outings. Not only because you expand the possibilities of collecting more types of edible mushrooms , (let's not forget that there are mushrooms at any time of the year) and you also make sure you know those toxic mushrooms that should not be collected and therefore you avoid possible mushroom poisoning . that should not be collected and therefore avoid possible poisoning by ingestion of inedible mushrooms and fungi
Poisoning by ingestion of mushrooms is not an isolated case
. On the contrary, due to the increase in the number of mushroom and edible mushroom tasting enthusiasts , between 300 and 400 poisonings due to the consumption of toxic mushrooms are registered every year in Spain , of which between 20% and 30% are serious and may require a liver transplant or severe gastrointestinal disorders. It should be noted that between 1% and 3% of the total number of mushroom poisoning patients die (one out of every 20 patients). The autonomous communities with the highest number of mushroom poisonings are Catalonia, Madrid, Castilla y León and the Basque Country.
It is therefore very important to have
or mushroom guides for reference, among our basic mushroom equipment . In this way, we will not only be able to identify those edible mushrooms and fungi that we find, but we will also learn to differentiate them from their toxic counterparts. There are many references of
and mushroom guides , from pocket mushroom guides that we can easily carry with us in our mushroom baskets and that will be useful for a first identification, to complete mycological guides of more specific and deep consultation that we can comfortably carry out at home.
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and mushroom books there are specific titles to learn the types of edible mushrooms of a certain area, either a wide area such as The mushrooms of Europe , or Mushrooms of Spain and even more specific ones such as mushroom books or mushroom guides of a specific area, a Natural Park, a province or even a locality.
Depending on the use we are going to make of it, a rule to apply to be able to identify the mushrooms and fungi we have collected could be:
- Carry in our
- mushroom basket
- and in our mushroom backpack a pocket mushroom guide for a first identification in the field.
- Consult a mushroom guide
- more specific to the area where the mushrooms were collected. These more specific mushroom guides will allow us to identify the vast majority of edible mushrooms that we have found. It is important to point out that depending on the area, some species are more abundant than others and there are even species endemic to certain harvesting areas.
- To also have a more extensive and complete
- Mushroom guide
- that allows us to easily consult and identify at home the species of edible and toxic mushrooms that we have collected and that we have not been able to identify with the help of the first mushroom guide .
- To deepen the knowledge of the different species of mushrooms and edible fungi
- there are mushroom books specific to some genera of mushrooms, such as boletales , russulas , agaricales , ... These monographic guides to mushrooms and fungi include many more species than the generic mushroom guides and are a good tool to broaden our knowledge of mushrooms.
- Having said all this, it is important to point out that if we are not 100% sure of the identification of a species, it is better not to ingest it
- , since, as we have already mentioned, intoxications are the order of the day, even for expert users. There are many mycological associations that offer species identification services in their facilities during the season. Consult their addresses in our section of mycological links of interest .
- Do not forget the saying that "all mushrooms are edible, at least once"
- Finally, it is important not to consume all the mushrooms that we have collected of the same species
- , especially if it is a new variety that we are going to try. By leaving a specimen in the refrigerator, we ensure that in the event of any intoxication we can deliver that specimen to the medical services so that they can find out exactly if the intoxication is caused by the ingestion of that species of fungus .
The House of Mushrooms we have selected a large number of references of mushroom guides and mushroom books , from mini pocket guides that you can take with you on your mushroom hunting trips , to much more complete mushroom guides for a more detailed reference. We also have
monographic guides of different genera and subspecies of mushrooms and fungi to broaden the mycological knowledge of the most experts. You can also find a wide selection of
mushroom recipe books , specific mushroom and truffle cultivation books , both industrial and domestic, field guides, books on plant species, plants and trees that will also help to locate species that only occur in certain habitats, ...
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