NPR's T. Susan Chang hunts morels and other wild mushrooms. Ever since I took a biology class in college (called "Plants and Humanity") I've been afraid to hunt for wild mushrooms. Our professor warned us about the death cap mushroom and told us some story about a professional mushroom hunter who was lost in the woods with a group and they stumbled upon some mushrooms. Very hungry and lacking food, he decided he would try one — being the expert and all — before subjecting the group to the mystery fungus. He ate it and it was poisonous and he died. At least, that's the story the professor told. Maybe he was just trying to scare us away from eating mushrooms in the woods. If so, it worked on me.