Wild Mushrooms


Poisonous mushrooms typically look like most edible mushrooms and are not always brightly colored. Eating poisonous mushrooms can cause symptoms that typically develop 6 to 12 hours after eating. Death due to eating wild mushrooms is uncommon but does occur. The most serious illnesses and deaths have been linked to eating mushrooms that cause liver damage. These mushrooms include Amanita ocreata or the “destroying angel,” as well as Amanita phalloides or the "death cap." Learn how to identify and prevent exposure to wild mushrooms.

Symptoms of mushroom poisoning

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Liver damage
  • Death

Prevent wild mushroom poisoning

The only safe mushrooms are those purchased at established food markets.

  • Buy cultivated mushrooms at a reputable food market.
  • Do not eat wild mushrooms that were picked by friends or family members.

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