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)||7|
|Average Cap width (CM)||15|
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.
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!
Found these growing in last years leaf mould stored in a wheelie bin!
I think I’ve just found two huge ones of these in my old compost bin,
I have just witnessed the pavement mushroom coming through the pavement on a laneway.
Thanks for this. Just had these with garlic butter. Delicious.
I’ve had two come up through the tarmac of my driveway. Wonder how I can stop them destroying my driveway, would happily encourage them elsewhere.