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Shaggy Inkcap

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This mushroom is absolutely delicious but has an extremely short shelf life. If you leave one on your table overnight you will come down to a black ink stain in the morning.

 

Mushroom Type
Common Names Shaggy Inkcaps, Lawyers wig, Judges Wig
Scientific Name Coprinus comatus
Season Start Apr
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 40
Average Cap width (CM) 15
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Finger shaped, long cylindrical cap starting to melt from the bottom edges into a conical shape. White with off-white/pale tan scales turning grey black, can have a pink tinge.

Gills

Gills white turning pink and then grey to black when they start to ‘melt’ from the edges.

Stem

White sometimes hollow, long, thin and with a slight ring that detaches easily. Slightly swollen base.

Skirt

Small, slight not very long lasting.

Flesh

White.

Habitat

Grows in grass by the sides of roads, lawns, flower beds, grassland and recently disturbed soil. Can be found individually or in large numbers.

Possible Confusion

A distinctive mushroom with only the Magpie Fungus looking similar but the two can be separated by the Magpie Fungus, pictured, having light scales on a dark background and the Shaggy Inkcap having a white background with white or slightly darker scales.

Spore Print

Blackish brown. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Very good when young. One of my favorites for creamy sauces and because it can found in large numbers. Should be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Very common.

Other Facts

One of these delicate mushrooms was reported as lifting a 75 by 60 centimetre paving slabĀ 4 centimetres in 48 hours.
If you cook with these when the caps are on the turn, they will dye everything you cook with them black.
If the caps have started to open when you pick them you will have to eat them that day. Young ones may last 48 hours in the fridge if you are lucky. You can make younger ones last a bit longer in the fridge if you remove the stem before chilling; this seems to delay the transformation into ink.
You can also make some very good ink from them. To do this mix the inkcap ink with a little water and some cloves and heat it. This process will help fix the ink and stop it from fading or running when you use it.

COMMENTS

6 comments for Shaggy Inkcap

  1. Tom sime says:

    A wonderful site. Please keep going

  2. Tony jones says:

    Just picked some today having them with my breakfasts taste lovely.

  3. Blair says:

    As a child I remember fields full of them. Amazing to see them in unspoilt areas

  4. Fitzgerald says:

    Really helpful thank you

  5. Alan Holt says:

    I have a field full of these but never sure if they were edible, now i have found this site and have just had some for breakfast and they were delicious

  6. Helen John says:

    A lovely surprise walking back from swimming today. Found loads of shaggies in the new planters installed outside Sainsburys in Sutton. Enjoying now fried with butter…mmm…

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