This fungi can grow through dry, compacted soil or even asphalt and seems to prefer growing beside paths and roads hence its common name.
|Common Names||Pavement Mushroom (EN), Madarch Palmentydd (CY), Pieczarka Miejska (PL), Ízletes Csiperke (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Agaricus bitorquis|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||6-10|
|Average Cap width (CM)||8-12|
8-12cm. White and convex opening out to flat in mature specimens. The cap is often covered in mud and dust.
Crowded, not joined to the stem. Gills off white/grey at first soon turning pink to dark brown.
Has an inferior, double edged skirt, obvious in this picture, not always so on other Pavement Mushrooms.
The Yellow Stainer (Agaricus xanthodermus), but this mushroom stains chrome yellow when bruised or cut and smells of Indian ink, hospitals or iodine and not edible. Can look similar to some of the Amanitas when young and white gilled.
Taste / Smell
Strong and mushroomy. Should be cooked before consumption.
This seems to be the favourite mushroom of choice for maggots and even mushrooms that have just broken the surface are usually riddled with them. They are great tasting if you can find them maggot free or don’t mind the extra protein!