This mushroom is known for causing severe sickness when consumed with alcohol, but there are also suggestions that it also has longer lasting health effects, therefore we have moved it to the poisonous section and can’t recommend eating it. See more below.
|Common Inkcap (EN), Tipplers Bane, Cap Inc (CY), Czernidłak Pospolity (PL), Ráncos Tintagomba (HU)
|Average Mushroom height (CM)
|Average Cap width (CM)
5-7 cm. Shiny grey/brown or sometimes quite pink, smooth, darker in the middle and initially bell-shaped becoming furrowed and then splitting before deliquescing.
White turning to grey then black and deliquescing, melting to a black ink. Very crowded and free of the stem.
7-9 cm long, 0.4-0.6 cm diameter. White to off white, smooth and leaving a skirt like ring near the base of the stem.
Date brown. Almond shaped.
Taste / Smell
This mushrpoom should never be ingested raw, it causes poisoning when ingested with alcohol and we don’t recommend eating it in any circumstance. See more below under other facts.
WARNING: The Common Inkcap causes severe poisoning if consumed with alcohol 48 hours either side of eating the mushroom. Even applying alcohol based aftershave after eating it can cause a reaction. It was still listed as edible in some guides if alcohol was avoided. Recent studies suggest that it contains toxins with a carcinogenic potential and some authorities advise it shouldn’t be consumed at all, therefore we can’t recommend eating it.
The black mess left after the mushroom deliquesces used to be used as ink after boiling with a little water and cloves, or urine.