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Wood Mushroom

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A tasty find but the mushrooms have a very short shelf life and need to be used soon after finding them.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Wood Mushroom (EN), Madarch y Coed (CY), Pieczarka Bulwiasta (PL), Karcsú Csiperke (HU)
Scientific Name Agaricus sylvicola
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8-14
Average Cap width (CM) 8-12
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


8-12 cm. Off-white/cream bruising ochraceous and becoming yellow with age.


Crowded and free of the stem. Gills pale grey/pink at first turning a dark chocolate brown.


8-14 cm long, 1-1.5 cm diameter. White/off-white with a pendulous ring and slightly bulbous base.


Superior. The underside is covered in triangular scales.


White and quite thin.


Mixed woodland.

Possible Confusion

The Yellow Stainer (Agaricus xanthodermus) looks very alike but bruises chrome yellow when handled or cut and smells of Indian ink, phenol, hospitals, just an unpleasant chemical smell.

Spore Print

Purple/brown. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Smells of aniseed, to some slightly almondy. Taste mushroomy. Should be cooked before consumption.


Fairly common.

Other Facts

These mushrooms spoil very quickly and should be used the same day as picking them.


8 comments for Wood Mushroom

  1. gaynorbutrimas99 says:

    I can’t identify definitely the mushroom I have just found in my garden.
    Is there anyone out there who I can send a picture to?

    1. Poppy Ives says:

      You can send us photos here https://www.wildfooduk.com/contact-us/ or via email to [email protected] and we will take a look for you.

  2. James says:

    If picked when closed will they open up?

    1. Poppy Ives says:

      They can open slighty when picked, but the wood mushroom has a very short shelf life so is best eaten soon after picking.

  3. Natalie Ransford says:

    I sent a photo of a something to your email..Thanks for your insite!

  4. Ruth Watson says:

    ‘We have found a clump of white mushrooms growing under our garden hedge. The gills are grey in a small closed one and pink on the larger ones, they have a large ish skirt, slightly bulbous base of stem. There is a slight hint of yellow after scraping the top of the cap. Are they safe to eat? I think that they smell faintly of mushroom, but I can’t entirely rely on my sense of smell after covid! My husband doesn’t think that they smell unpleasant. Are they likely to be safe to eat?
    Thanks for your help!

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      They sound like Agarics but without seeing them I couldn’t tell you if they are safe or not. If they are Yellow Stainers, the smell and colour are enhanced if you try to cook them.

  5. Peter whiteley says:

    Hundreds of these, around my local woods today. I think the heavy rain, of the past few days is causing a fungi explosion!

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