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Horse Mushroom

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A great mushroom with a rich, strong taste and as it can grow so large and in rings, usually provides quite a feast.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Horse Mushroom, Abrahams
Scientific Name Agaricus arvensis
Season Start May
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 25
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 scaly or smooth. Starting spherical and opening out flat. Can bruise slightly yellow.

Gills

When very young the gills are almost white but quickly turn from pink/grey to brown in more mature specimens. Crowded. On unopened caps the ring, while still joined to the cap looks like a ‘cog wheel’.

Stem

Stout with a large double ring.

Skirt

Can start fairly large but usually becomes damaged or shrinks to a ring.

Flesh

White, firm and bruising slightly yellow. The flesh has an aniseed smell.

Habitat

Pasture, meadows, lawns, road verges and parks, often growing in rings.

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 not edible. Can look similar to some of the Amanitas when young and light gilled.

Spore Print

Dark purple/brown. Ellipsoid. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.

Taste / Smell

Excellent, this is one of our  favourites. The smell of aniseed is a good way to identify this mushroom. Should be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Common.

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