Amanita muscaria, edibile if parboiled

Please see the main article on Amanita muscaria, and how it is edible if parboiled for an introduction to the edibility of Amanita muscaria.

Please download, read, and share my article on the edibility of Amanita muscaria co-authored with David Arora and published in the peer review journal Economic Botany in 2008:

“Amanita muscaria: A case study of cultural bias in mushroom field guides’ determination of edibility,” Economic Botany, New York Botanical Garden, New York, 62(3) pp. 223-243 2008.

As the article explains, Amanita muscaria is not poisonous in the sense it can kill you. It is poisonous in the sense that if not parboiled in plentiful water (the “toxins” are water soluble), then raw or undercooked mushrooms eaten (in moderation) will cause you to become inebriated and possibly nauseous.

Becoming sick to ones stomach is the most common meaning to “poisonous” in mushroom field guides although one must always remember that there are mushrooms that are poisonous in the absolute sense that dinner-sized portions can either kill you or cause serious organ damage. But Amanita muscaria is not poisonous in that sense.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Radium says:

    I love the Amanita, so I have to say that I liked the article. I’ve done a lot of reersach into this great mushroom so I’d like to raise a point or two about it. First, I was under the impression that Muscimol was the active ingredient and the Ibotenic Acid in it was a bad part that needs to be removed or avoided. Its alleged that ibotenic acid when combined with carbon dioxide from any carbonated drink can cause brain damage and its never recommended to eat it fresh. Allegedly, the amanita can have hugely beneficial healing qualities (anti fungal, anti virial, anti bacterial) when its eaten after being dried thoroughly. A popular way to do this in the past was by putting mushroms over the fireplace in socks of the same color of the mushroom. The ibontenic acid goes away with the water when dried, leaving a god send of healing power behind.


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