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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.

Cap

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

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

Stem

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.

Skirt

Small, slight and not very long lasting.

Flesh

White, bruising slightly pink.

Habitat

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.

Frequency

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

COMMENTS

2 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

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