ISU Extension and Outreach
ISU Extension and Outreach
ISU Extension and Outreach reliable information about agriculture, 4H programs, food and nutrition, and family sciences. ISU Extension and Outreach has an office in Muscatine.

Muscatine Living

By Lina Rodriguez Salamanca–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

ISU Extension and Outreach’s new publication helps mushroom hunters find edible species.

AMES, Iowa – Gathering mushrooms can be an enjoyable activity for families and individuals of all ages. In Iowa, mushrooms can be foraged from spring through late fall, providing a wide window of opportunity.

To help mushroom gatherers identify and understand the characteristics of Iowa’s mushrooms, specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have published the “Safe Mushroom Foraging” guide.

This 80-page publication provides foragers guidance on the time of year each mushroom is available, its key characteristics, habitat, and look-alike mushrooms. There is also information on common mushroom myths and best practices for searching for them in the wild.

Full-color photos help hunters identify more than 50 mushrooms, including those that are considered edible, not edible, and poisonous.

“The guide is a great resource for people who want to hunt mushrooms on their own or with their children, as they look at different mushrooms and learn about their role in nature in the wild,” said Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca, plant pathology diagnostician with the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic at Iowa State University. “The guide focuses on the most common mushrooms and their look-alikes, as well as those that are edible and those that are poisonous to avoid.”

The guide includes a calendar showing which time of year each type of mushroom is likely to be found, and it offers best practices for gathering and storing methods.

Rodriguez-Salamanca is also featured in an instructional video on YouTube, provided by Integrated Pest Management at Iowa State.

The “Safe Mushroom Foraging” guide is available from the Iowa State Extension Store, for $4 per hard copy, plus shipping and handling.

The guide was co-authored with Rosanne Healy, assistant research scientist at University of Florida and an Iowa State alumna, and Leonor Leandro, associate professor in plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State.

Consumer awareness about foraging is important, and there are always risks associated with consuming wild mushrooms. A mushroom foraging webinar is being planned for Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. via zoom. Registration is open online. For more information or questions on the webinar registration, contact Katelyn Brinkerhof, program coordinator in Buena Vista County, at [email protected].

Latest News

New Exhibits Opening at Muscatine Art Center in February

Two new exhibitions opening at the Muscatine Art Center this month focus on people. In the ultra-realistic work of...

More Articles Like This

Muscatine Today

MTS- Brandon is here to talk about Fat Cat

Today on the show Scott Schultz from Impact Fitness and Nutrition is here to talk about more healthy fitness tips. Then if you are looking to get your car cleaned up from the winter listen to today's show to learn about a business in town that can help you with that and more..... Thank you to our show sponsors: Harpers Cycling and Fitness, Beckey Insurance, Muscatine Power and Water, RIVO Plumbing and Heating, ImpactLife Blood Center, Lutheran Living, Toyota of Muscatine, Impact Fitness and Nutrition, Sun Tan City Muscatine, Real Estate Resource Associates, UnityPoint Health Trinity Muscatine and Hy-Vee Muscatine #muscatinetodayshow #goodmorningmuscatine #KindnessIsFree

DMSN Broadcasts

Manta Rays Swim

Join us as the Muskie Boys Basketball team hosts the North Scott Lancers! Watch Your Way: DiscoverMuscatine.com Discover Muscatine Facebook Discover Muscatine YouTube DiscoverMuskie Twitter Muscatine Power and Water Cable Channel 3 Brought to you by Muscatine Power and Water, Muscatine Lawn and Power, Hy-Vee, Bayer of Muscatine, First National Bank of Muscatine, Affordable Metal Manufacturing, Eastern Iowa Power Washers, Arty’s Ice Cream and Grill, Rivo Plumbing and Heating, Riots and Rebelle’s Salon, Bickford Senior Living, Let’s Eat, Muscatine Community Y and the Youth Sports Foundation. #DMSN #MuskieSports #Muscatine #MuskieSchools #basketball #prephoops #prepbasketball

Talk of the Town

February is here–that means spring is coming soon, right?

It's been a weird winter, right? We've had days when it was -40 below zero and others that had temps in the 60s. February...

Muscatine Area News

New Exhibits Opening at Muscatine Art Center in February

Two new exhibitions opening at the Muscatine Art Center this month focus on people. In the ultra-realistic work of Marc Sijan, the spotlight is...