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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
Scientific Name Agaricus silvicola
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

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

Gills

Gills pale grey/pink at first turning a dark chocolate brown.

Stem

White/off-white with a pendulous ring and slightly bulbous base.

Skirt

Pendulous and the upper surface is usually stained by the spores.

Flesh

White and quite thin.

Habitat

Mixed woodland.

Possible Confusion

Agaricus xanthodermus, the Yellow Stainer looks very alike but bruises chrome yellow when handled or cut and smells of Indian ink or Agaricus pilatianus, a rare mushroom, which stains yellow on cutting and smells similar to the Yellow Stainer. Both do not smell edible.

Spore Print

Purple/brown. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Mushroomy. Should be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Fairly common.

Other Facts

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

COMMENTS

2 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 admin@wildfooduk.com and we will take a look for you.

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