This used to be a very common mushroom but is becoming harder to find due to loss of habitat and chemical sprays used nowadays.
|Common Names||Field Mushroom, Meadow mushroom|
|Scientific Name||Agaricus campestris|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||8|
|Average Cap width (CM)||10|
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.
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.
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.
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.