There are three types of Mushrooms; Red, Green, and Blue, which can be harvested to receive a Red Cap, Green Cap, and Blue Cap. They can be used as VegetableFood or filler in Crock Pot recipes, or given to a Pig to produce Manure. Each mushroom has different effects on Health, Hunger, and Sanity, therefore, a player needs to know the advantages and disadvantages of their effects and think hard before consuming them. However, when combined effectively, mushrooms are a very synergistic food.
Red Mushrooms are typically found in Grasslands or Forests and can only be picked during the day. Red Mushrooms have the worst effects of all the mushrooms, both raw and cooked. Green Mushrooms are typically found in Forests and Marshes, and can only be picked at Dusk. Blue Mushrooms are typically found in Grasslands and Marshes and can only be picked at Night.
Each mushroom will re-grow after 5 to 10.5 minutes of Rain. They can also be dug up at any time using a Shovel to obtain two mushrooms, but the mushroom spawn will be destroyed. Mushrooms do not grow during Winter.
Raw Blue Mushrooms are good for regenerating health and hunger, and cooked green caps make up for the lost sanity. So, raw Blue Mushrooms and cooked Green Mushrooms are a full diet for characters that can eat vegetarian meals.
Raw Green Mushrooms are good for depleting sanity.
Rings of Mushrooms can be found in some worlds as Set Pieces. These resemble Fairy Rings, which are naturally occurring rings of mushrooms that are thought to have supernatural origins in various mythologies.
Although they are considered vegetables in Don't Starve, mushrooms are body parts of fungi, and are technically not plants. However, they act more like vegetables than anything else during digestion.
If a mushroom is picked as it sinks into the ground, the player will receive a mushroom but the hole the mushroom left would look like the mushroom is still there and sleeping. The player will still view the mushroom as if it were picked already.
Sometimes Mushtrees will not transform back into normal mushrooms when the day starts.