The Edible Mushroom Quiz

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Test your smarts about how to forage for the perfect edible mushroom. Also find out what you know about avoiding the poisonous ones!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    An edible mushroom is a mushroom that can potentially be safely eaten.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    An edible mushroom refers to a mushroom that is safe for consumption. This means that it does not contain any harmful toxins or substances that could cause illness or harm to humans. Therefore, if a mushroom is classified as edible, it means that it has been determined to be safe to eat. Hence, the statement "An edible mushroom is a mushroom that can potentially be safely eaten" is true.

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  • 2. 

    Mushrooms are fruit. Do you know what kind of fruit they are?

    • A.

      Mold

    • B.

      Fungus

    • C.

      Blackberry

    • D.

      Cherry

    Correct Answer
    B. Fungus
    Explanation
    Mushrooms are actually the fruits of fungus. The fungus itself is simply a net of threadlike fibers, called a mycelium, growing in soil, wood or decaying matter.

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  • 3. 

    What kind of equipment do you need to go mushrooming?

    • A.

      A flat-bottomed basket or box

    • B.

      A roll of waxed paper

    • C.

      A digging tool

    • D.

      All of the Above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the Above
    Explanation
    To go mushrooming, you need a flat-bottomed basket or box to safely carry the mushrooms without damaging them. A roll of waxed paper is useful to wrap the mushrooms individually to prevent them from getting crushed or bruised. Additionally, a digging tool is necessary to carefully extract the mushrooms from the ground without causing any harm. Therefore, all of the above equipment is required for mushrooming.

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  • 4. 

    Jack-o'lantern and the green-spored Lepiota are both poisonous mushrooms.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    There are hundreds of mushrooms that will cause anything from a mild stomachache to severe physical distress-including vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and loss of coordination. Two such poisonous mushrooms of this type are the jack-o'lantern and the green-spored Lepiota. Although the symptoms of poisoning from these mushrooms may be alarming, they usually pass in 24 hours or less with no lasting effects.

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  • 5. 

    Every mushroom hunter should be familiar with the three most dangerous groups of fungi.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Every mushroom hunter should be familiar with the three most dangerous groups of fungi. These are the amanitas, the false morels and a catch-all category known as little brown mushrooms (LBMS). Mushrooms in these groups cause virtually all the fatal mushroom poisonings in the United States, with amanitas alone accounting for 90 percent of mushroom-related deaths.

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  • 6. 

    To avoid mushroom poisoning, you should follow one rule.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    To avoid mushroom poisoning, you should follow these five rules: 1. Identify each and every mushroom you collect, and only eat those whose identification you are sure of. When in doubt, throw it out. 2. Strictly avoid: any mushroom that looks like an amanita (parasol-shaped mushrooms with white gills); all little brown mushrooms; all false morels. 3. Some people are allergic to even the safest mushrooms. The first time you try a new wild mushroom, it is important that you eat only a small amount and wait 24 hours before eating more. 4. As with other foods, rotting mushrooms can make you ill. Eat only firm, fresh, undecayed mushrooms. 5. Most wild mushrooms should not be eaten raw or in large quantities, since they are difficult to digest.

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  • 7. 

    Is it true that one cap of a Destroying Angel (Amanita virosa) can kill a man.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Beginning mushroom hunters should avoid all parasol-shaped mushrooms with white gills. Amanitas are usually found on the ground in woodlands in summer and fall, but be on the lookout for them whenever you hunt for mushrooms.

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  • 8. 

    The shaggy mane mushroom is edible when they are young and easy to identify.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The shaggy mane or lawyer's wig is so large and distinctive that with a little practice you can identify it from a moving car. The cap of a fresh specimen is a long, white cylinder with shaggy, upturned, brownish scales. The gills are whitish, and the entire mushroom is fragile and crumbles easily. Most important, as the shaggy mane matures, the cap and gills gradually dissolve into a black, inky fluid, leaving only the standing stalk. Size 4" to 6" tall, sometimes larger. Shaggy manes are best when picked while they are young and before the caps begin to turn black. However, until you become familiar with these mushrooms, check for the developing ink to be sure of your identification.

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  • 9. 

    Is it true that Nicholas Evans, author of "The Horse Whisperer," was hospitalized in September for eating a rare species of poisonous mushroom while on vacation in Scotland?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given answer is true. Nicholas Evans, the author of "The Horse Whisperer," was indeed hospitalized in September for eating a rare species of poisonous mushroom while on vacation in Scotland.

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  • 10. 

    How many species of mushrooms are known to be poisonous to humans?

    • A.

      50

    • B.

      100

    • C.

      200

    • D.

      500

    Correct Answer
    B. 100
    Explanation
    There are an estimated 100 species of mushrooms that are poisonous to humans and about 15 - 20 of these are lethal when ingested.

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  • 11. 

    What percentage of mushroom poisonings are a result of misidentification?

    • A.

      50%

    • B.

      75%

    • C.

      80%

    • D.

      95%

    Correct Answer
    D. 95%
    Explanation
    Most poisonings, about 95 percent, occur as a result of misidentification.

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  • 12. 

    What is a symptom of mushroom poisoning?

    • A.

      Mild nausea

    • B.

      Vomiting

    • C.

      Diarrhea

    • D.

      All of the Above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the Above
    Explanation
    All of the listed symptoms (mild nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea) can be experienced by a person who has ingested poisonous mushrooms. These symptoms are commonly associated with mushroom poisoning and can vary in severity depending on the type and amount of toxins present in the mushrooms. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the Above."

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