The Basics

The mushroom that we forage is only the most visible part of a larger organism. The mushroom is a fruiting body. Its purpose is to release spores into the environment.

Most of the fungus’ body is composed of fine filamentous structures called hyphae which grow through the substrate where the fungus lives. The substrate can be soil or a dead or living organism.

Many fungi need to form an association with specific plant species in order to survive. Thus, the plant species in an area are a clue as to what mushrooms may be found there.

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