Many of the fungi in the forest are edible, however knowing the difference between an Ink Cap and a Shaggy Mane could mean the difference between life and death.
We do not suggest that the novice mushroom harvester go into the woods and eat what they find. At Red Sunflower Farm we study native mushrooms books, ask local experts, and only harvest the ones we know for sure are edible. Chicken of the Woods is one of the "foolproof four", as there is no other mushroom that mimics it. And yes, we've heard the old adage "all mushrooms are edible once."