Alabama Mushroom Society

common edible mushrooms of alabama

Here we'll detail some of the more common and fairly easy to identify edible mushrooms of Alabama and the Southeast. While this list is nowhere near exhaustive, we will be avoiding those edible mushrooms that aren't known for being good, grow in insufficient number for a meal, or are easily mistaken for a toxic look-a-like. Each section will provide detailed identification characteristics that are critical for positive identification and safe consumption of wild-foraged mushrooms. Remember that if you aren't 100% sure of your identification, you shouldn't eat it. You should use sources outside of this page for confirmation, this is just a guide! Also remember that almost all wild-foraged mushrooms require cooking to break down the chitin that make up the fungi cell wall (otherwise you're on a collision course for the toilet). For more information on general edibility and edibility testing, see our Edibility page.


what's on the menu?

Terrestrial

These species will be found growing from the Earth

Sparassis

Cauliflower Mushrooms including
S. americana and S. spathulata

Lepista

Wood Blewits and similar


Morchella

The Morels


Cantharellus and
Craterellus

Chanterelles and Trumpets


Macrolepiota

The Parasols