Midwest Mushroom Hunting

You will be excited to hear that the Midwest’s mushroom hunting season lasts four whole days. BUT, if we cross our fingers and submit ourselves to the mushroom gods we might get an entire week!

This page lists only EDIBLE mushrooms found in the Midwest. If you want a full mycology guide for South Dakota and neighboring states please visit: https://southdakotafungi.com/mushroom-guide/

Eating wild mushrooms is dangerous without proper knowledge. When in doubt, don’t eat it! Seriously, unless you first make a spore print and use a mushroom key to properly identify your fungi you are risking your life by putting it in your mouth.

Edible Mushrooms of the Midwest

Dryads Saddle
Polyporus Squamosus
Possibly the biggest mushrooms that exist in SD. These are super tasty when young.

Chicken of the Woods
Laetiporus Sulphureus
It absolutely tastes like chicken and the texture is unreal!

Wood Ear Mushroom
Auricularia auricula
Basically impossible to mis-identify, this is one weird mushroom that legit looks like an ear.

Morchella Esculenta
The taste is NOT hype. Morels are the yummiest mushroom I have eaten.

Mica Cap
Coprinellus micaceus
Very light taste but makes a great toasted mushroom sandwhich.

Stinkhorn Mushroom
Phallus impudicus
Swallow the eggs whole after frying them. I do not recommend chewing. Seriously, don’t do it.

Shaggy Mane
Coprinus comatus
Very tasty! The trick is finding them and cooking them before they deliquesce!

Ash Bolete
Boletinellus Merulioides
This is an odd looking bolete due to the off-center stem and the veiny pores but I found it to be incredibly delicious!

Spring Agaricus
Agaricus Bitorquis
Short stubby stem, thin ring, smooth rounded whitish cap, brown spores, grows in hardpacked soil with often just the cap poking though

Fantastic Fungi Photos

Here are a few beautiful Midwest mushrooms that I just had to share even if we can’t eat them. See more at SouthDakotaFungi.com