Key take aways from California Mushrooms, the comprehensive identification guide

California Mushrooms

High level overview

The key features to use for mushroom identification

The steps prior to consuming

  • See mushroom
  • Collect entire mushroom
    • cap
    • stipe
    • sections of the substrate / what it grows on
  • note terrain its growing at
  • make spore print overnight
  • consult guidebook
  • search for competing lookalikes that might be poisonous
  • decide to eat it
  • post eating – check for symptom of poisoning
    • first symptoms can occur as early as 20mins into consumption
    • if first symptom occurs only after 6 hours of consumption visit emergency room – you might have consumed an Amanitin¬†containing variant and are about to¬† DIE!!
      • Galerina marginata
      • Amanita phalloides, the Death Cap
      • Amanita ocreata, the Destroying Angel

These ones will kill you for sure


Book Summary – Mycelium running


  • antibiotics
  • increasing immune system’s natural defense
    • potential cure for HIV
  • environment management
    • mycofiltration: reduce risk of infection from sewage and effects of oil spill
    • bioaccumulation: consolidates heavy metal
    • Pest management: Cordyceps Metarhizium versus termites


  • Corn corbs


  • diversity in fungal population directly correlated with strength and health of any ecosystem
  • sensitive to dry contact. 1 layer of skin


  • Growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, Paul Stamets
  • The mushroom cultivator, Paul Stamets
  • Medicinal mushrooms, Christopher Hobbs
  • MycoMedicinals, Paul Stamets
  • All the rain promises and more
  • Mushrooms demystified
  • Oyster mushroom cultivation, MushWorld
  • Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation, MushWorld
  • One Straw Revolution, Masanobu Fukuoka
  • Permaculture: A practical guide for sustainable future, Mollison