Fungi are an incredibly important part of our ecosystems, possibly uniting them all. Fortunately for us, some of them are edible, if not delicious! The mushrooms that you pick are the fruiting bodies of complex underground organisms that contribute to most aspects of the health of the plants and animals around them. When I see a patch of your favourite mushrooms, I imagine that I’m standing in a thick mass of threads that connects them all and connects me and everything around us that I can see.
Many fungi are not edible, though and some are downright deadly. Nearly all mushrooms that you’ll find need cooking before consuming. The toxins in fungi can affect you in many ways and some are slower to work than others, so be very careful. I recommend making your first foray or two with an experienced mushroom hunter. The fungi that we list here are those that we’re 110% sure about identifying. There’s a couple more to add but I’m waiting on some better pics to help you identify them clearly.
We acknowledge the incredible spiritual and healing power of Psilocybin mushrooms when used correctly but because of the legal issues surrounding them, we won’t be listing them on this website. Sorry!
The books that have guided me well so far are these three. There are plenty of others out there but make sure that you get an Australian one!
‘A field guide to Australian Fungi’ by Bruce Fuhrer.
‘Common Australian Fungi A bushwalker’s guide’ by Tony Young.
‘Wild Mushrooming’ A Guide for Foragers’ by Alison Pouliot & Tom May.
It’s a good idea to find as many local sources of information before foraging for fungi. There’s a lot online and I’m happy to be a member of these two, very active groups on Facebook –
Kate Grigg aka The Wild Food Huntress has a website that can be a great guide to foraging. She’s down South so some of the fungi listed on her site aren’t found here in the Northen areas.
Horse Dung Fungus (inedible)