In Georgia, foodies, hikers and nature lovers hunt for mushrooms from Atlanta to Valdosta. Some people enjoy photographing rare poisonous mushrooms, but most hunt for edible mushrooms to add to soups and salads.
Where to Hunt For Mushrooms in Georgia
Georgia mushroom hunters know where to find edible mushrooms for their favorite recipes. They search for chanterelles in North Georgia's pine forests. They walk through pastures looking for shaggy caps. They spot morels growing under Georgia's native trees including, white ash, American elm and the American sycamore.
Georgia Mushroom Impostors
According to Dan Willis of the Mushroom Club of Georgia, some inedible and poisonous mushrooms bear a striking resemblance to Georgia's common edible mushrooms. For example, the scaly ink cap (Coprinus variegatus), a common mushroom that causes vomiting, looks like a small version of the edible shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus). Poisonous green-gilled lepiota (Chlorophyllum molybdites) that grow in Georgia lawns look like tiny shaggy manes. Photos of poisonous mushrooms found in Georgia and other states appear on David Fischer's American Mushrooms website.
Hunting with experienced mushroom hunters helps an amateur find mushrooms and avoid poisonous mushrooms. The Mushroom Club of Georgia sponsors a series of lectures by experts throughout the year and, during mushroom hunting season, club members attend group outings to little-known mushroom hunting areas. In 2010 an individual membership in the club cost $25.00.