My Alaska Edible Mushrooms Log

In the last few years, I’ve started to learn more about wild mushrooms. Since then I have learned how to identify some of Alaska’s edible mushrooms and how to cook and eat them.

I’ve decided to share a log of the Alaska edible mushrooms that I have tried and my experience foraging them, preparing them and if I like them or not.

I AM NOT a mushroom expert, I am simply a hobby mycologist and enjoy photographing mushrooms as well.

I will continue to add to this log as I find and forage wild mushrooms in Alaska.

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⚠️ DO NOT EAT WILD MUSHROOMS

Do not eat wild mushrooms unless you can 100% positively ID them! This mushroom log is meant to be used as additional information after you’ve correctly identified a mushroom. When in doubt, throw it out! Even then it should be noted that everyone has a different reaction to different wild mushrooms.

Alaska Edible Mushrooms

🍄 Admirable Bolete, Aureoboletus mirabilis

Location found: Girdwood

How it was prepared: Wiped off cap and stem with damp cloth and sliced into smaller pieces.

Cooking: Sautéed in butter, garlic, and onion salt until completely cooked.

Result: A little slimy, no taste of lemon, meh.

What I would do differently: I would remove the sponge completely and dry sauté mushrooms before adding butter. Also would like to dehydrate and turn into mushroom powder.

Notes: Drank with alcohol. No negative effects. 

alaska edible mushrooms wild Admirable Bolete, Aureoboletus mirabilis
cooking wild Admirable Bolete

🍄 King Bolete, Boletus edulis

Location found: Girdwood

How it was prepared: Wiped off cap and stem with damp cloth and sliced into smaller pieces.

Cooking: Sautéed in butter, garlic, and onion salt until completely cooked.

Result: Meaty, good taste, better without sponge.

What I would do differently: I would find a younger mushroom because I think this one was a bit older. I would also remove the sponge completely and dry sauté mushrooms before adding butter. Also plan to dehydrate and turn into mushroom powder.

Notes: Drank with alcohol. No negative effects.

king bolete wild alaska edible mushrooms
cooking king bolete mushroom

🍄 Black Morel, Morchella angusticeps

Location found: Anchorage

How it was prepared: Sliced in half and let sit in bowl of water to get any bugs out.

Cooking: Sautéed in butter and salt and paired with pasta.

Result: Great texture, amazing flavor, delicious.

What I would do differently: Would like to try dehydrating these.

Notes: Favorite wild mushroom!

alaska edible mushrooms wild morel
wild morel mushroom

🍄 Wood Hedgehog, Hydnum repandum

Location found: Girdwood

How it was prepared: Wiped off with damp cloth and sliced into smaller pieces.

Cooking: Sautéed in butter with salt and pepper.

Result: Good flavor, good texture.

What I would do differently: A bit overcooked.

Notes: No negative effects.

alaska edible mushrooms wood hedgehog
tooth fungi hedgehog wild mushroom
cooking wild wood hedgehog mushroom

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About Andrea Kuuipo

I was born and raised in Anchorage and have been able to travel to many places around Alaska. As an Alaska Travel Blogger, I love sharing my favorite things to see and do in my home state to help others plan an incredible trip!

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