It's really not a good idea to hunt funghi without training or someone with you who knows what's what.
I grew up in rural New York state. My families hunted and fished and collected a variety of wild foods. My father picked field mushrooms when we happened on them on our treks. They were big, looked a lot like portabellas and tasted like them. My mother always had a fit about him bringing them home and especially about feeding them to my sister and I. I loved them.
At one point, probably when I was in high school, I asked him to show me how to tell which mushrooms were safe. He tried but, to this day, I can't tell so I don't try. I let someone else find them.
This is the little I know about wild mushrooms. Don't pick or eat them unless you know exactly what you're doing. Don't take wild mushrooms from anyone you don't know very well.
I lived in California for nearly 20 years and met a very interesting woman who knew mushrooms. There are some different varieties there than here. There are some that are the same. I went on a mushroom hunt with her and several people and we ate what we collected at the end of the day.
Don't ever pick, touch or collect any nearby funghi to these:
We found quite a few Chanterelles:
my father collecting. We sliced the cap horizontally, fryed them in butter on bread with butter. Delicious - like portabella - lots of flavor, meaty. There are, I understand, other mushrooms that look like them that are NOT safe.
So, don't pick wild mushrooms on your own.
There are plenty of tasty varieties of mushrooms available at markets, and, I'm still looking to see if there are mushroom growers in New Jersey. I haven't found any yet.
(all photos collected as public domain photos online)