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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.


7 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 admin@wildfooduk.com 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.

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