Mushroom Edibility paper

Newly added to the Resources page:

“A Study of Cultural Bias in Field Guide Determinations of Mushroom Edibility Using the Iconic Mushroom, Amanita muscaria, as an Example” by William Rubel and David Arora (links to PDF on Arora’s website)

An interesting discussion of why A. muscaria is now almost always labeled “poisonous” in field guides, when apparently it used to be well-known that one could eat it safely after parboiling it. The authors use this example to show the arbitrary nature of many field guide edibility designations.

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