A very tasty Agaric but it can accumulate cadmium so best picked from the wild away from urban spaces and busy roads.
|Common Names||The Prince (EN), Caws Cennog y Coed (CY), Pieczarka Okazała (PL), Óriás Csiperke (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Agaricus augustus|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||20|
|Average Cap width (CM)||25|
Up to 30cm. Spherical when young becoming convex. Covered in concentric chestnut brown scales on a white to pale yellow background. Can stain yellow on the edges where touched.
The Inky Mushroom (Agaricus moelleri), pictured, looks similar but the chemical, unpleasant smell of the flesh of this mushroom should keep you safe.
The Prince also looks a little like some of the Lepiotas but these always have white/off white gills not the pale pink to brown gills of the Agaric family.
The Freckled Dapperling (Echinoderma asperum) looks very similar but has ‘warts’ on the cap instead of scales and has white gills unlike the Prince’s off white to pink to black gills.
Purple/chocolate brown. Ellipsoid.
Taste / Smell
Excellent. Mushroomy. The flesh smells of bitter almonds. Should be cooked before consumption.
One of our favourite mushrooms.