Carbondale’s PBS affiliate WSIU featured Joe McFarland, co-author of the recent book Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States: A Field-to-Kitchen Guide, in a segment on hunting oyster mushrooms in southern Illinois.
Oyster mushrooms can sometimes be found in local produce stores selling for over $5 a pound. Yet, why buy them when you can hunt your own for free! Chances are high that you can find plenty of these tasty fungi in a nearby forest as they grow in abundance in Southern Illinois. Mushroom hunter Joe McFarland says hunting for oyster mushrooms is good for beginners because they are easy to find and identify.