However, with patience you will be able to identify some mushrooms, even if you are just starting out. Use only fresh, young specimens and remember the anise odor is distinctive. Stinkhorns are so named for a reason . The mushroom you picked in the woods, like the fingerprint lifted carefully from the crime scene, must be matched to an individual in your database (your mushroom guides), and you have maintained your objectivity by describing the mushroom in your journal before reading the descriptions. Most chefs and experts agree that, if stored properly, raw mushrooms can last up to two weeks in the fridge before spoiling. "January", "February", "March", "April", If there are clusters, are they tightly packed, so that the bases of the stems are touching, or even fused? var year = currentTime.getFullYear(); //--> from the Mushroomexpert.Com website:, All text and images ©