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Field Mushroom

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This used to be a very common mushroom but is becoming harder to find due to loss of habitat and chemical sprays used nowadays.



Mushroom Type
Common Names Field Mushroom, Meadow mushroom
Scientific Name Agaricus campestris
Season Start May
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


White, sometimes discoloured grey/brown, can be scaley or smooth. Starting spherical and opening out flat. Can bruise slightly pink. The cuticle often hangs down over the edge of the cap and is a good indicator of a Field Mushroom.


Gills, starting deep pink and turning to dark brown. Crowded.


White and smooth above the ring, slightly scaly below, tapering at the base. The ring is delicate and only traces of it can usually be found.


Small, slight and not very long lasting.


White, bruising slightly pink.


Pasture, meadows, lawns, road verges and parks.

Possible Confusion

The Yellow Stainer, Agaricus xanthodermus but this mushroom stains chrome yellow when bruised or cut and smells of Indian ink, hospitals or iodine. Agaricus pilatianus which also stains yellow and smells similar. Both do not smell edible.

Spore Print

Chocolate brown. Ovoid. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.

Taste / Smell

Mushroomy. Should be cooked before consumption.


Common but becoming less so in fields that are sprayed with chemicals.


24 comments for Field Mushroom

  1. kerry weaver-martin says:

    Very helpful video! These are the only mushrooms I pick as I’m sure what they are and they taste so good. Just picked a lovely crop from my local cow fields….drizzle, warm wind and lots of cow poo have made them very abundant lately. Putting them in a puff pastry tart later, mm!

    North Wales.

  2. Peter littleton says:

    Looked at many of your vids which have helped me i.d mushrooms.thnk you.love to attend a course

  3. soo says:

    Thank you for the video, I am convinced now the field mushroom I picked this morning is edible.

  4. Julie says:

    Thank you, the advice to scratch the cap to see if it turns yellow has probably saved us a trip to A&E today!

  5. Dean Russell Spencer says:

    Hi I’m in birstall Leicestershire by the watermead lakes..I often pick and eat mushrooms….I came across a patch of various size mushrooms at side of lake grass…firm white…some as large as sausers other variations in sizes..they do look edible but can’t workout what they are ?

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Dean, you can send photos of the cap, the gills and the stem along with where they were growing and any smells to [email protected] and we’ll try to ID them for you. Please send IDs of one mushroom at a time.

  6. Howard Godolphin says:

    Hi, thank you. Helped me identify the Prince. Have found a small number on a cliff top in Cornwall.

  7. philip says:

    we have in cornwall on one of our fields , no chemicals used meadow field cut short lots of field mushrooms following your vid and pics , they dont stain but when we cooked some small droplets of red come from the gills???? so didnt eat them . or is this normal p.s love the site

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Philip, it isn’t unusual to get little red drops from the gills when cooking Field Mushrooms. If they were toxic Agarics they would turn yellow in the pan and stink out your kitchen with a horrible inky, chemical like smell.

  8. Anne says:

    Was going to eat what I believed to be a field mushroom, double checked here and with a scratch on the cap, saved myself a dreadful time when it turned yellow. The smell reminded me of marzipan.

  9. Haidee says:

    Hi from Lil Ol New Zealand. On lock down so now making ciabatta and mushrooms sauce from fresh picked field mushrooms, that I now know are safe. Thanks for the great video and pictures on how to ID edibles.

  10. Steven Schofield says:

    Picked,cooked, and ate some lovely Field Mushrooms today, I have never known them appear this early.

  11. Jeff says:

    Lots of mushrooms have grown in a field at the back of our new house this week I think they are field mushrooms
    As they look like the ones in the video and smell like shop bought mushrooms
    I will try to get a photo of them

  12. Osman says:

    I have picked one in my back garden in West London. Plenty of different mushrooms and fungi throughout the year. Cooked in white wine, stock garlic and finished with Parmesan. Easy to cook yet splendid in flavour.

  13. David says:

    Great website, I have lots of mushrooms growing in the fields where I live lots are dying off but still lots to pick, I believe that they are Field mushrooms but would like a second opinion, have emailed you some pictures

  14. Fred Heighton says:

    Informative, and very clearly ennunciated. Thank you.

  15. Hill says:

    Picked lovely looking mushrooms in garden today. Sadly although the cap smelt fine when cut white colour of base of stem quickly turned yellow and this part smelt like elastoplast – so did not eat them. Too close a description to yellow-staining mushroom.

  16. Barbara Robinson says:

    Fine crop this year on uncultivated Higher Stewardship”set aside” land despite the local spraying nonsense nearby. Have picked 4 lbs.

  17. Jim says:

    You folks are gems to the world! Thank you!

  18. Paul Young says:

    Anybody know of decent Field Mushroom locations near my home base in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire ? Really struggling at the moment !

  19. Simon Westmacott says:

    I’m fairly sure I have picked horse or field mushrooms having watched the videos: slight yellow bleeding on one but nothing on the other. On the other hand almost no smell at all and my sense of smell is quite good. Other characteristics all tick the box: gill colour, stem, cap 13cm diameter, no ‘pot’ at the stem base. There is just a hint of mushroom smell from a broken stem. With regret, I’m not going to take the risk despite previously having come to no harm from mushrooms in the same field.

  20. Stelios says:

    Today I picked my first of Field Mushrooms and they definitely go in the pan.

  21. Dave.. says:

    The first mushroom I have ever picked… I have been wanting to pick and eat a wild mushroom for years,, I spoted this one in ilkley park while walking my dog, it was quite big I picked it and took it home, still unsure as to eat it or not… I looked on this site and onece I was sure [well as sure as i could be] I cleaned it and cooked a small part to try it….. It tasted like a mushroom so I cooked the rest and it wnt down well…….. This has got my interest in wild mushrooms greater than it was and now looking forward to finding and trying more……..You web site is a great help to me??. Thanks Dave,, west yorkshire..

  22. Kate says:

    We’ve just picked 2kg local to us! Absolutely amazed at the abundance available.

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