This familiar fungi is well known for its edible varieties and poisonous counterparts. Mushrooms are delicious and add rich flavor to any dish. You may enjoy dining on portobello, shiitake, and button mushrooms among others; but there are many types that should be avoided.
Certain mushroom varieties contain high levels of poison which is why it is recommended that people stick with well-known varieties when planning a meal, or consult an expert when thinking about serving something foraged in the woods.
You would not want to put Amanita ocreata on top of that nice juicy burger, as it is known as the ’destroying angel’ or ‘angel of death’. One of the better known poison varieties, the Amanita phalloides, or ’death cap’, is fatal for those who ingest it and is responsible for the majority of mushroom poisonings across the world.