Edible wild mushrooms in Utah? We're too dry for that!
Dont believe it. We have some of the best mushroom crops in the world.
Have you seen Oyster Mushrooms for sale in the local supermarkets? The mushroom photo at the upper right is a cluster of oyster mushrooms found growing from a dead cottonwood tree in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Nineteen pounds of mushrooms were taken from this cluster. The correct scientific name for the mushroom in the photo is Pleurotus pulmonarius. Don't let the scientific names scare you. They are used to identify mushrooms to more specific characteristics. For instance, there are many different species of Oyster mushrooms, Pleurotus pulmonarius is only one of them.
Other edible mushrooms commonly found growing in Utah are:
Black Morel, Morchella elata or M. conica
There are poisonous mushrooms that grow in Utah, and some can be confusing to identify. All of the edible mushrooms listed above are fairly easy to identify. Once you learn about them there is NO chance of confusing them with poisonous mushrooms.
To find out how to identify these mushrooms, join us in our field trips this summer. For a schedule of these, see our Schedule of events.