6. Cinnamon Cap
Cinnamon cap mushrooms grow in clusters and are particularly easy to use. The entire mushroom can be used and they are often used whole without slicing them up. The mushrooms tend to have a nutty flavor, which can be appealing in a number of different dishes. A particularly common approach is to sauté them along with butter and garlic.
5. Fairy Ring AKA Scotch bonnet
While fairy ring mushrooms do grow in fairy rings, this name can cause some confusion as a number of other species have this growth pattern (including at least one poisonous species). However, these mushrooms are edible and appealing, with a sweet taste that makes them work well in baking. Typically only the caps of the mushrooms are used, as the stems are fibrous.
4. Hawks Wing
The unique appearance of the hawks wing mushroom makes it a common mushroom for beginners to foraging, as there are no known poisonous mushrooms with similar appearance. The size of this mushroom can be anywhere from 2 to 12 inches and they grow on hardwoods. While the mushroom is typically foraged, there are some places that sell it if you look around. Unfortunately, the mushroom is often expensive and some people feel that it doesn’t live up to its price.