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.


    Photo of an alcohol inky mushroom cut in half lengthwise.

    Alcohol Inky

    Coprinopsis atramentaria (formerly Coprinus atramentarius)
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    Edible

    Blewits

    Blewit

    Lepista nuda (Clitocybe nuda; Tricholoma nudum)
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    Edible

    Image of smooth chanterelle

    Chanterelles

    Cantharellaceae (various members of family)
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    Edible

    Photo of a cinnabar chanterelle, vase-shaped red-orange mushroom

    Cinnabar Chanterelle

    Cantharellus cinnabarinus
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    Edible

    Photo of cluster of common laccaria, small brownish pink mushrooms, in grass

    Common Laccaria

    Laccaria laccata
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    Edible

    Photo of many tan fairy ring mushrooms, some uprooted, growing in grass

    Fairy Ring Mushroom

    Marasmius oreades
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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

    Photo of golden chanterelles, yellow and white vase-shaped mushrooms

    Golden Chanterelle (Girolle)

    Cantharellus cibarius
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    Edible

    Photo of green cracking russula, greenish-capped, gilled mushroom

    Green Cracking Russula

    Russula virescens
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    Edible

    Photo of young, yellow-phase honey mushrooms.

    Honey Mushroom

    Armillaria mellea
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    Edible

    Photo of indigo milky, bluish gilled mushroom, with cuts bleeding blue sap

    Indigo Milky

    Lactarius indigo
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    Edible

    Photo of lobster mushroom, which is orange-yellow and finely bumpy

    Lobster Mushroom

    Hypomyces lactifluorum
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    Edible

    Photo of two meadow mushrooms, at different angles, white with pinkish tan gills

    Meadow Mushroom

    Agaricus campestris
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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 oyster mushrooms growing on a tree trunk

    Oyster Mushroom

    Pleurotus ostreatus and P. pulmonarius
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    Edible

    Photo of a parasol mushroom.

    Parasol

    Macrolepiota procera (Lepiota procera)
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    Edible

    Photo of 2 peppery milkies, white, gilled mushrooms, on ground

    Peppery Milky

    Lactarius piperatus
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    Edible

    Photo of several purple-gilled laccarias, tan-lavender mushrooms

    Purple-Gilled Laccaria

    Laccaria ochropurpurea
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    Edible

    Photo of several reddening lepiota mushrooms, one showing gills and stem ring.

    Reddening Lepiota

    Leucoagaricus americanus (Lepiota americana)
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    Edible

    Photo of young, golden cluster of ringless honey mushrooms on forest floor

    Ringless Honey Mushroom

    Armillaria tabescens (Armillariella tabescens)
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    Edible

    Photo of rooted collybia, tan, thin-stalked gilled mushroom

    Rooted Collybia

    Xerula furfuracea (Collybia radicata var. furfuracea)
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    Edible

    Photo of scarlet waxy cap, a small mushroom with reddish conical cap

    Scarlet Waxy Cap

    Hygrocybe coccinea (Hygrophorous coccineus)
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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 three voluminous-latex milkies, tan mushrooms, of different sizes

    Voluminous-Latex Milky

    Lactarius volemus
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    Edible