Jan Phillips' award-winning book, Wild Edibles of Missouri, was published in 1979 and is now out of print. We've preserved it here as a PDF. Download it to learn how to turn wild Missouri plants into biscuits, fritters, jellies, juices, pancakes, pies, salads, soups, wines and more. Color illustrations help you identify plants that are poisonous or have poisonous parts. -Check it out!

Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Make a certain ID and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction.


    Photograph of a black morel mushroom

    Black Morel

    Morchella angusticeps (formerly M. elata)
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    Edible

    Photo of two black trumpets, dark brown vase-shaped mushrooms on mossy ground

    Black Trumpet

    Craterellus cornucopioides (C. fallax)
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    Edible

    Photo of black-staining polypore, a mushroom with tan, wavy, fan-shaped caps

    Black-Staining Polypore

    Meripilus sumstinei (formerly M. giganteus)
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    Edible

    Image of smooth chanterelle

    Chanterelles

    Cantharellaceae (various members of family)
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    Edible

    Top-view photo of three dryad's saddles, a tan bracket fungus, growing on wood

    Dryad’s Saddle

    Polyporus squamosus
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    Edible

    Photo of a fawn mushroom, which is a brownish gray, gilled, capped mushroom

    Fawn Mushroom

    Pluteus atricapillus (formerly P. cervinus)
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    Edible

    Photograph of a half-free morel mushroom

    Half-Free Morel

    Morchella punctipes (formerly M. semilibera)
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    Edible

    Photo of mica cap cluster, bell-shaped, brown, capped mushrooms

    Mica Cap

    Coprinellus micaceus (formerly Coprinus micaceus)
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    Edible

    Photo of an old man of the woods, a grayish, pored mushroom with a shaggy cap

    Old Man Of The Woods

    Strobilomyces floccopus
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    Edible

    Photo of resinous polypore, a bracket fungus with rust-colored top

    Resinous Polypore

    Ischnoderma resinosum
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    Edible

    Photo of shaggy mane cluster, rounded cylindrical mushrooms growing in grass

    Shaggy Mane

    Coprinus comatus
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    Edible

    Photo of big cluster of turkey tails, bracket fungus with concentric color rings

    Turkey Tail

    Trametes versicolor
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    Edible

    Photo of wood ear mushroom, which looks like a brownish human ear stuck to a log

    Wood Ear (Tree Ear)

    Auricularia auricula (formerly A. auricula-judae)
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    Edible