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

    Black Trumpet

    Craterellus cornucopioides (C. fallax)
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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 golden chanterelles, yellow and white vase-shaped mushrooms

    Golden Chanterelle (Girolle)

    Cantharellus cibarius
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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 smooth chanterelles, vase-shaped yellow and white mushrooms

    Smooth Chanterelle

    Cantharellus lateritius
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    Edible