We are good at our local stuff. We could teach the basics of what is around us easily. Stick to easily identified, and with no lookalikes, and you are good.
Boletes (no gills) like these around us are easy to find and other than the possibility of some easily ruled out varieties (that taste bad) all are very edible.
There are others that are great starters, like chanterelles, which you cannot get wrong once you have been shown the key elements.
Actives are harder 😉
From a book were reading.
"Of more than 3000 British species, only 20 are poisonous (including four that are deadly); many of the rest are unpalatable but people would have quickly learnt from experience!"
The idea is scarier than the reality.
Heck, aminita muscaria 🍄 is edible, just going to mess with you like a viking 😀 Panther caps more so, but they are not attractive to eat either 🤣
Plants are often more deadly.
@CreatureOfTheHill Interesting! Perhaps I ought to look into the topic. (Very carefully =:) Gods know, the way supermarkets only ever stock the same couple varieties is rather lacking, when such delights as chantarelles and so many more exist. (To say nothing of black truffles.. [Homer gurgle])
Finding a local forager to show the ropes is by and far the fastest way.
You can learn loads from books/internet, but the confidence from learning in the setting itself is way faster/better.
Sadly, we are aware this is not so easy always 🤷♀️
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