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 two ash tree boletes, tan pored mushrooms, one overturned showing pores

    Ash Tree Bolete

    Boletinellus merulioides
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    Edible

    Photo of beefsteak polypore, a rust-colored bracket fungus growing on tree base

    Beefsteak Polypore

    Fistulina hepatica
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    Edible

    Photo of Berkeley's polypore, fresh, young specimen.

    Berkeley’s Polypore

    Bondarzewia berkeleyi
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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

    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 eastern cauliflower mushroom, tan and white cauliflower-like mushroom

    Eastern Cauliflower Mushroom

    Sparassis spathulata (S. herbstii)
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    Edible

    Photo of two Frost's boletes, red mushrooms with pores, at different angles

    Frost’s Bolete

    Boletus frostii
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    Edible

    Photo of hen of the woods, large round mass of grayish mushrooms

    Hen of the Woods (Maitake)

    Grifola frondosa
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    Edible

    Photograph of several hexagonal-pored polypores, tan bracket fungi

    Hexagonal-Pored Polypore

    Polyporus alveolaris (formerly Favolus alveolaris)
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    Edible

    Photo of ling chih, a shiny, hard, rust-colored bracket fungus, growing on tree

    Ling Chih (Lingzhi; Reishi Mushroom)

    Ganoderma sessile (formerly G. lucidum)
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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 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 pale chicken of the woods.

    Pale Chicken of the Woods

    Laetiporus cincinnatus
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    Edible

    Photo of two pallid boletes, tan mushrooms, one upturned to show pores under cap

    Pallid Bolete

    Boletus pallidus
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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

    Chicken of the Woods

    Sulfur-Colored Chicken of the Woods

    Laetiporus sulphureus
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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

    Two-colored Bolete

    Two-Colored Bolete

    Boletus bicolor
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    Edible