Meet The Mushrooms

myco the amanita muscaria mushroom by mac's mushroomz

Myco the amanita muscaria

Isn't he adorable? Myco is an Amanita Muscaria also known as the Fly Agaric or Toadstool mushroom.

Although he can be poisonous, death from consuming this mushroom is rare. Amanita Muscaria are known for their hallucinogenic properties from its psychoactive component, muscimol. This effect has been used in religious ceremonies for over 4,000 years!

The link between Amanita muscaria mushrooms and Santa Claus is a captivating aspect of cultural folklore, merging natural history with tradition. These mushrooms, known for their red and white appearance, are speculated to influence the Santa myth through their use in Siberian shamanic rituals, including home entry through the roof and gift-giving practices during the winter solstice—paralleling Santa's chimney visits and Christmas generosity. Though these connections are speculative, they highlight the diverse origins of the Santa Claus legend, which also draws from historical figures like Saint Nicholas and Norse mythology, showcasing the complex blend of influences behind this iconic character.

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

tucker the turkey tail trametes versicolor mushroom by mac's mushroomz

Tucker The Turkey Tail

Say hello to Tucker! He is a Turkey Tail fungi a.k.a.

Trametes Versicolor. Found on fallen logs or tree stumps usually from hardwood trees, they get their name from their beautiful colors and shape which resembles a turkey's tail. They have tremendous health benefits. They have powerful immune boosting properties, rich in antioxidants and they support gut health which greatly supports overall health of the body.

These guys can even help combat certain cancers!

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

rick the reishi ganoderma lingzhi mushroom by mac's mushroomz

Rick The Reishi

This colorful friend is Rick. He is a Reishi Mushroom that grows on hardwood trees across a large geographical range. They are known to have a wide variety of immune and overall health benefits, however, they can cause digestive side effects and be unsafe for some people. a few of their benefits are: Immune system boost, anti-cancer properties, reduction in fatigue and depression, improved heart health and decreased blood sugar levels!

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

grim the death cap amanita phalloides mushroom by mac's mushroomz

Grim the death cap

You may not want to get too close to Grim, he is a Death Cap Mushroom. Consuming this mushroom may lead to kidney and liver damage and likely death. The toxins these mushrooms consist of are no joke.

Identifying this mushroom is crucial to your survival. his scientific name is Amanita Phalloides. He is responsible for 90% of the worlds Mushroom related fatalities. There is no known treatment after being exposed to this mushrooms toxins. Anyone who has eaten one of these guys should seek immediate medical attention!

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

Inky the inky cap coprinopsis mushroom by mac's mushroomz

Inky the ink cap

Also known as Coprinopsis Astramentaria, commonly known as the common ink cap or inky cap, is an edible mushroom found in Europe and North America. Previously known as Coprinus atramentarius, it is the second best known ink cap and previous member of the genus Coprinus after C. comatus.

Don't be surprised if you see some of these black goopy treasures while out in the woods. The common inky cap is edible, though it MUST be prepared the same day it is foraged unless you like cleaning up melted mushrooms in your fridge. It also cannot be consumed with alcohol or within 2-3 days of drinking alcohol, it could make you quite ill. The common inky didn't just get its name from how it looks; the black goop was actually used as ink. In fact, the Latin name atramentum means black liquid or ink. The black goo was boiled with water and cloves to make the ink usable for writing. Pretty Neat!

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

APE the albino penis envy psilocybe cubensis mushroom by mac's mushroomz

APE the albino penis envy

Gather around the campfire to learn about this adorable family of Albino Penis Envy. Consuming these psychedelic mushrooms can send you on a spiritual journey. They are known for producing strong visual trips that can result in changes to ones perceptual, cognitive and emotional being. When they are harvested they become soft like a marshmallow. They contain Psilocybin, which converts to psilocin in the body, and is an active element that causes the hallucinogenic reaction in humans. The beneficial uses of this powerful medicine is being more widely studied and recognized around the world.

Oregon and Colorado were some of the 1st states to incorporate these medications into therapeutic usage. The therapeutic benefits of this this medicine includes: reduced cluster headaches or migraines, anxiety control, help with anorexia and obsessive compulsive disorder as well as assisting in overcoming substance abuse and PTSD.

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist and do not consume psychedelic mushrooms without legal guidance from a licensed and experienced specialist

azzy the azurescens mushroom by mac's mushroomz

azzy the azurescens

Say Hi to Azzy! This funky fellow is named after Psilocybe Azurescens which is one of the most powerful psychedelic mushrooms in the world. Found growing along a small area of the west coast these mushrooms are highly sought after.

They contain Psilocybin, which converts to psilocin in the body, and is an active element that causes the hallucinogenic reaction in humans.

The beneficial uses of this powerful medicine is being more widely studied and recognized around the world. Oregon and Colorado were some of the 1st states to incorporate these medications into therapeutic usage. The therapeutic benefits of this this medicine includes: reduced cluster headaches or migraines, anxiety control, help with anorexia and obsessive compulsive disorder as well as assisting in overcoming substance abuse and PTSD.

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist and do not consume psychedelic mushrooms without legal guidance from a licensed and experienced specialist

noir the black trumpet craterellus mushroom sticker by mac's mushroomz

Noir the black trumpet

Don't be afraid of this Black Trumpet Mushroom named, Noir. This intimidating friend of ours is actually very good for you. These mushrooms are often dried out, ground up into a powder and used as a spice on meats, veggies, rice and added when making sauces and soups. They have a delicious rich smoky flavor that works well in many recipes. They are also high in B12 and are beneficial for skin care, preventing certain cancer and helpful with weight loss and reducing cholesterol.

You can find these guys in hardwood forests not growing on trees, but near them. Now that you have learned a bit about them he isn't so scary, is he?

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

roy the blue oyster pleurotus ostreatus car. columbinus mushroom

Roy the blue oyster

Say Hello to the amazing Oyster Mushroom, Roy. This incredible, wood loving mushroom brings joy to us all. Oyster mushrooms feed on dead and decaying matter in the wild and offer an array of health benefits. They promote heart and immune health, encourage healthy blood sugar levels as well as provide antioxidant and ant-inflammatory effects.

They are also extremely easy to grow from home and offer large bounties of their fruit at little costs. You can find this friend at your local natural grocer, in the wild or begin your own home harvest.

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

Shanti the chanterelle cantharellus cibarius mushroom

Shanti the chanterelle

Say Hello to the amazing Shanti, a Chanterelle mushroom is a well known, widely scavenged wild mushroom found growing in small clusters among hardwoods, conifers, shrubs and bushes. Shanti can be related to several species of fung in the genera Cantharellus, Craterellus, Gomphus and Polyozeellus. They are mycorrhizal and require a host tree or shrub to grow. These mushrooms have a slightly fruity flavor and are rich in vitamin D.

They offer additional benefits such as inflammation reduction and an also lower the risk of developing certain cancers. Easy to spot and delicious, these mushrooms are what motivate foragers across the continent.

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

char the chaga inonotus obliquus mushroom by mac's mushroomz

Char the Chaga

Meet Char, the Chaga Polypore, the forest's rugged yet generous guardian, thriving on birch trees in cold climates. This unique mushroom, more like a dark, charred clump than a traditional fungus, is a powerhouse of health benefits, revered for centuries in Siberian and Eastern European medicinal traditions.

Known as the "King of Mushrooms," Chaga is celebrated for boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, and combating oxidative stress. Beyond his historical uses, Chaga is now recognized in the wellness community for supporting heart health, thanks to his antioxidant-rich composition that helps lower cholesterol, improve circulation, and protect against cardiovascular diseases.

So, as you delve into the world of natural supplements or wander through the woods, keep an eye out for Chaga – not just a mushroom, but a timeless friend offering health, vitality, and a sip of wellness wisdom.

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

cory the cordeyceps ophiocordyceps militaris mushroom by mac's mushroomz

Cory the cordyceps

Cory is a Cordycep Militaris fungus. You can find these guys growing on bugs in the wild or you can grow them at home on rice or other substrate. He has some very special qualities about him.

Cordyceps are often used by athletes to improve physical performance, they promote anti-aging, improve brain function and have many other beneficial effects on the body.

They are also entomopathogenic, meaning they use insects as parasitic host to spread their spores and expand. Cool, huh?

These amazing fungi are found to have more and more amazing attributes to humans the more we learn about them.

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

andy the ant cordyceps mushroom by mac's mushroomz

andy the ant

This is Andy the Ant and unfortunately for him he has been taken over by the zombie-ant fungus, Cordyceps.

This parasitic fungus infects ants and other insects through spores that attach and penetrate their exoskeleton. This allows the fungus to fully control the ants behavior and compels the ant in the direction it chooses. The fungus will guide the ants body towards a more humid, microclimate thats favorable to the fungus's growth. This means the fungus will take the ant up a tree to a leaf at a very specific height and cause the ant to permanently bite down onto the leaf. At this point the fungus can fully take over sending a long stalk through the ants head, that grows into a bulbous capsule full of spores used to infect other nearby ant colonies.

Pretty cool, right?!?! Well, not for Andy...

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

golden teacher psilocybe cubensis mushroom sticker by mac's mushroomz

gt the golden teacher

This is the very famous Golden Teacher Cubensis, also known as Psilocybe Cubensis. One of the most widely grown and consumed psychedelic mushrooms available.

Psilocybin, which converts to psilocin in the body, is the active element that causes the hallucinogenic reaction in humans. The beneficial uses of this powerful medicine is being more widely studied and recognized around the world. Oregon and Colorado were some of the 1st states to incorporate these medications into therapeutic usage. The therapeutic benefits of this this medicine includes: reduced cluster headaches or migraines, anxiety control, help with anorexia and obsessive compulsive disorder as well as assisting in overcoming substance abuse and PTSD.

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist and do not consume psychedelic mushrooms without legal guidance from a licensed and experienced specialist.

king b the king bolete boletus rex-veris mushroom by mac's mushroomz

King B the king bolete

This smug fellow is a King Bolete or Boletus Edulis, Mushroom. He is a highly sought after mushroom with an amazing aroma, meaty texture and satisfying taste. A great mushroom for new hunters to look for, easy to spot and safe to eat. These guys are under the category of Porcini mushrooms.

They are great for cooking and have a strong nutty flavor. you can find these big guys in wooded areas and they are hard to miss, don't forget to bow before the king when you do!

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

libby the liberty cap psilocybe semilanceata mushroom by mac's mushroomz

Libby the liberty cap

Freedom! Libby is a combination of our symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty and the well known, Liberty Cap Mushroom AKA Psilocybe Semilanceata. These girls grow in grassland habitats especially in wetter areas.

They contain Psilocybin, which converts to psilocin in the body, and is an active element that causes the hallucinogenic reaction in humans. The beneficial uses of this powerful medicine is being more widely studied and recognized around the world. Oregon and Colorado were some of the 1st states to incorporate these medications into therapeutic usage. The therapeutic benefits of this this medicine includes: reduced cluster headaches or migraines, anxiety control, help with anorexia and obsessive compulsive disorder as well as assisting in overcoming substance abuse and PTSD.

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist and do not consume psychedelic mushrooms without legal guidance from a licensed and experienced specialist

Lionel the lion's mane hericium erinaceus mushroom

Lionel the lion's mane

This is Lionel, a Lions Mane mushroom. His scientific name is Hericium Erinaceus. Lions Mane are one the most versatile mushrooms humans are aware of. They offer huge health benefits!

Including: alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety, they can protect against dementia, they offer protection against ulcers, reduce the risk of heart disease, help with diabetes, reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, boosts our immune system and they help improve memory and boost brain cell growth. Lions mane are also one of the easiest mushrooms to start growing at home.

In the wild they are found growing on hardwood trees. Don't you just want to hug him! Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

Morel morchella esculenta mushroom by mac's mushroomz

Moe the morel

This is Moe, a Morchella - True Morel also known as the pinecone mushroom. Morels contain high vitamin D, they are a significant source of antioxidants and help support organs such as the liver.

Morels are fun to hunt for but often a challenge to find in the wild.You will find them growing on edges of wooded areas especially near dead or dying trees and they are frequently found in recently burned forest fire areas. Morels are a widely sought-after prized gourmet mushrooms and are used by chefs around the world. They have an amazing but subtle earthy and nutty flavor. If you ever find them growing in your backyard, don't forget to share!

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

larry the shiitake lentinula edodes mushroom log

Larry The Log

Would you like to join Larry The Log while he forages the forest for delicious and medicinal fungi? Larry is Shitake Mushroom hardwood log-

Made famous from east asian cuisine, Shitake mushrooms are a delicious tree decomposers. They are mass produced around the world and you can find them at most natural grocery stores. One of these little guys contains about 58 mg of potassium and are a great source for complex carbohydrates. They are rich in B vitamins, they contain all 8 essential amino acids and also contain many dietary minerals. Many use these mushrooms as a meat substitute because of their nutritional value, delicious meaty tase and texture.

So strap on your hiking boots, grab your weaved basket and go out and start gathering the fungus among us!

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist!

ted the tidal wave psilocybe cubensis mushroom

Ted the tidal wave

Surfs up for Ted, a Psilocybe Cubensis species of psychedelic mushrooms. Ted is a hybrid of the very potent Penis Envy and B+ strains and the reigning champion of the 2021 Psilocybin Cup for the highest potency of Psilocybin, which converts to psilocin in the body, and is an active element that causes the hallucinogenic reaction in humans.

The beneficial uses of this powerful medicine is being more widely studied and recognized around the world. Oregon and Colorado were some of the 1st states to incorporate these medications into therapeutic usage. The therapeutic benefits of this this medicine includes: reduced cluster headaches or migraines, anxiety control, help with anorexia and obsessive compulsive disorder as well as assisting in overcoming substance abuse and PTSD.

Reminder: Never consume wild mushrooms or fungus without the guidance of a trained mushroom hunter or mycologist and do not consume psychedelic mushrooms without legal guidance from a licensed and experienced specialist