In many North American regions, August is synonymous with mushroom hunting and you will see many hikers out on the trails harvesting these gourmet delicacies. Rare, coveted mushrooms like chanterelles can go for over $20/pound at the grocery store during the few weeks they are in season each year.
As with any wild-harvested food, certain precautions must be taken when foraging wild mushrooms, because many varieties are poisonous and/or deadly. Furthermore, many edible varieties can be easily confused with poisonous look-a-likes. Until you become familiar with the types of wild mushrooms you like to eat, it is imperative that you take a few precautions to ensure that you don’t eat something deadly, or feed it to your friends.