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post #1 of 21 Old 07-01-2020, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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manure mushrooms

I know that people use horse manure to grow commercial mushrooms. Does this suggest that mushrooms that I find growing in manure might be edible? I've been hauling it home for our compost pile, and this is what I found this morning:
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-01-2020, 02:18 PM
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A terrific amount of mushrooms are edible. Best thing to do is to look it up!
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post #3 of 21 Old 07-01-2020, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Never mind, after doing some online research I'm pretty much scared to even look at these mushrooms any more...

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post #4 of 21 Old 07-01-2020, 03:02 PM
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We used to go hunting for psylocybin mushrooms in an old cow pasture. these are the ones that impart hallucinogenic experience akin to LSD. Those were my 'wild' days. These mushrooms are a bluish color, appear 'wet' and if you pull the gills apart, a slimy film will stretch across the opening. If it breaks clean, it is not a 'magic' mushroom.


They are very powerful! do not underestimate them.
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Never mind, after doing some online research I'm pretty much scared to even look at these mushrooms any more...
I'm so interested in what you found that scared you.

(But not interested enough to go down a rabbit hole of Google and scare myself.)
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post #6 of 21 Old 07-01-2020, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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I'm so interested in what you found that scared you.

(But not interested enough to go down a rabbit hole of Google and scare myself.)
Liver failure, kidney failure, body unable to remove toxins, painful death, doctors unfamiliar with symptoms so will not treat you correctly.

Oh, and apparently these highly poisonous mushrooms also taste quite good, so you can't even judge by that...

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post #7 of 21 Old 07-01-2020, 05:42 PM
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I come from a zealous mushroom-hunting family. Here are the rules of harvesting wild mushrooms:

1. DO NOT EAT ANY MUSHROOM YOU CANNOT POSITIVELY IDENTIFY AS TO GENUS AND SPECIES.

There are a few other rules but they are unimportant compared to that one.

There are essentially five kinds of mushrooms.
A. Edible and delicious
B. Edible but not very good
C. Will make you sick but you'll recover after a bad night of gastrointestinal problems
D. Delicious and fatal
E. Will give you hallucinations

The mushrooms in Class A are rather few. In most areas there will be five to maybe ten species. The mushrooms in Classes B and C make up the vast bulk of species you will encounter. Class D is a very few species, all in the genus Amanita. They are big, meaty, handsome, and common. They are reputedly very good eating. They look superficially similar to some very edible mushrooms, if you don't know what to look for. They kill people every single year. The reason they kill is that there are no symptoms until you are already in organ failure, by which time it is too late to save you. Some of their common names are Death Cap, Destroying Angel, Death Agaric.

There are not very many hallucinogenic mushrooms but of course they are sought after. The best one is Psilocybin, but they are what mushroom hunters call LBMs ("little brown mushrooms") and there are many species that look very similar. Back in the 1970's when I lived on a hippie farm people were always snooping hopefully around in the woods for them but I can't say they ever found any.

Many mushrooms grow in manure. Those in your photo do not look edible.

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post #8 of 21 Old 07-01-2020, 07:24 PM
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Please listen!!!!!
A few years ago wife made a salad, we're eating on front porch. I tell her only thing it needs is mushroom. Out in yard I see some, so I get my mushroom book, look it up. "Delicious almond flavor" it said. I pick one, try, it's delicious! Wife wouldn't try it.
It tasted fantastic.
About 45 minutes go by... I don't feel so good. Wife says either she's taking me to hospital or call 911. I couldn't stand up...she calls 911. While I could still talk I had her get another mushroom like it and empty bucket.
In ambulance I regurgitated. At hospital I asked have mushroom analyzed.
It had every known poison!!!!!
Nurse asked if I was able to sign my name...IT WAS A DNR FORM!
I'm alive of course to tell about it, wife later said hospital said they didn't think I'd make it. The book later I read "do not confuse this with a similar looking highly deadly one!"
Bottom line...not worth the chance. You really have to know what's edible. Some things you can still have allergic reaction to.


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post #9 of 21 Old 07-01-2020, 07:48 PM
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I'd personally look up some mushrooms that grow in horse pool, order the spawn/culture, and add it to the horse poop as directed. That way you know what you have and for sure edible and taste good.
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-01-2020, 08:11 PM
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There are some that grow in my horse's manure that looks JUST like the white ones you get at the store......except the gills are light pink. I have always wondered if they are edible but would never feel comfortable trying it. I figure the pink gills might be a bad sign. But they are short and chubby just like store bought mushrooms.


I have also seen the kind in the first photos as well but they don't look like store mushrooms.


Sometimes in monsoon season I get mushrooms growing along the edges of the horse pens. They push the soil up and just sort of sprout there. I have never seen a horse interested in them, but I kick them away from the pens just in case.
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