St. George’s Mushroom
A great Spring mushroom that can usually be found several weeks either side of St. George’s day.
|Common Names||St. George's Mushroom (EN), Pengrwm Calan Mai (CY), Gęśnica Wiosenna (PL), Májusi Pereszke (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Calocybe gambosa|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||5|
|Average Cap width (CM)||15|
Gills white/pale cream. Crowded. The gills are very shallow as can be seen in the ‘Flesh’ image below.
Grasslands, beside woodland, lawns and roadsides growing in rings. It is relatively easy to find because it grows in grassy fields usually near trees where, from a distance, you will often see the ring as the grass will be darker and longer there as shown in the adjacent photo.
The Deadly Fibrecap (Inosperma erubescens) appears at the end of Spring and early Summer and can look similar but it stains bright red and its cap is covered in fine fibres.
Taste / Smell
Good, mushroomy and loses its mealyness a lot when cooked, especially if cooked with a creamy sauce. Must be cooked before consumption.
Common, very common some years.
An easy to identify mushroom with its mealy smell and the time of year it fruits.
The St. George’s mushroom can usually be found in the same place every year and seems to grow quite successfully when old mushrooms that are too maggoty for the pot have been carefully placed in the right environment.