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I find it interesting that pretty much every American I've ever heard talk about food (both friends and like, people with cooking channels on Youtube) said they wouldn't ever pick mushrooms in the forest for eating.

I think this must be a cultural difference. I know a *lot* of people in Poland who pick mushrooms both for fun and for culinary reasons.

I just find this disconnect a bit amusing, and I wonder what the reasons are.

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The US has a lot of forests, and they're probably full of amazing wild mushrooms to pick. And Americans don't seem, as a nation, averse to food gotten in the wild. A lot of y'all hunt, for instance.

Now it's important, and I can't emphasise it enough - if you don't know what you're doing, and know it WELL, don't pick mushrooms. If you have doubt about a mushroom, or even a suggestion of doubt, don't pick it. You *will* die, and it will be an unpleasant death.

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Heck, let's do a poll for this. Since I'm pretty curious how my anecdotal experience talking to people translates to broader trends.

Do you, or have you picked mushrooms on your own? And where do you live?

(only four options allowed per poll, so if you're not in the US, give me an indication in a comment where you live. I imagine this might vary wildly over the world)

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@oddtail in the region I grew up (New York) I remember constantly being told you should NEVER eat anything you find in the woods.

But when I lived in Iowa, there's a pretty well-established "morel hunting season," so much so there are front page newspaper articles when it begins, and everyone has opinions on the best places to forage.

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