Edible Lichens?

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    Are all types of Lichens edible?

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    No. Species in the genera Letharia and Vulpicida are some of the more common poisonous macrolichens.

    Many other lichens are important food sources for a variety of organisms, including humans.
     
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    To quote "Lichens of North America", 'few lichens are poisonous' (but include the ones mentioned by Geastrum). Fewer, though, I think are considered delicacies, so survival food at best for all but a few. If you've ever sampled the lichen that tastes like powdered aspirin, you'll seek out edible green plants instead.
     
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    Thank you for the responses. Powdered aspirin, definitely not gourmet cooking.

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