guess the mushroom

so who knows what it is

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09/11/2010 at 20:07
Not got a clue myself and too lazy to look it up
09/11/2010 at 20:13
me either
09/11/2010 at 20:14
You could try eating it. That way you could discover whether you need to look up 'edible mushroom identification' or 'poisonous mushroom identification'.
09/11/2010 at 20:14
ahhhhh, Darwinism at work
09/11/2010 at 20:15

Looks a bit like 'parasol' where was it?

09/11/2010 at 20:18

It's a partly-open parasol mushroom. Give it a bit longer and the cap would turn out more regular, but it's still trying to detach itself from its sheath. The sheath usually stays as a ragged little ring around the stalk, which then becomes a good identifying feature. All those brown flaky scales are another good distinguishing feature... but you get similar things on other species too. Hard to tell the scale from the picture, but if it's a BIG mushroom, then it's edible, but there are smaller fellas that look like this one that might give you belly-ache. So... assuming it's a BIG parasol... fry the entire cap (not the stalk) and don't use too much fat or you'll spoil the delicious taste and make the texture all soggy.

09/11/2010 at 20:24
It was a big mushroom Paddy, and Bloof it was up on the north devon coast between Woolacombe and Ilfracombe
09/11/2010 at 20:25
DW wrote (see)
It was a big mushroom Paddy, and Bloof it was up on the north devon coast between Woolacombe and Ilfracombe


I meant what 'type' of terrain... meadown, edge of woodland etc.. I shall assume it was in open country shall I?

09/11/2010 at 20:27
Open meadow type countryside bloof looked like cattle of some sort had been kept there.
09/11/2010 at 20:28
I'd go with Paddy's partially open parasol
09/11/2010 at 20:29

Paddy- Outstanding! Is there anything you don't know about? I doubt most know much about funghi but would want to. In case anyone is interested the LDNP used to run mushroom walks this time of year IIRC. Parents went on a few. Usually in southern Lakes like around the Whitbarrow area.

Got some shots of some nice bracket type funghi. One looks like a bell and the other like a nose. Both the same species. Must post on here to see if the could be identified. I always wonder about bracket types of mushrooms whether any are edible and worth eating. I know some make a good means to carry the means to light a fire without a match and others were used to strop a razor (after treatment with saltpetre and nailing ot a board). Funghi are interesting things.

09/11/2010 at 20:29
Now sell me your AK37
09/11/2010 at 20:29
Bluff... I can tell you what 'type' of terrain parasols normally pop up from... a great splodge of a cow pat in an otherwise pleasant and grassy field. Still... that doesn't mean they have to taste like cow pats. I found an enormous parasol in a cow pat once, and the pal I was walking with wouldn't have any part in eating it... but it was delicious (the parasol, that is).
09/11/2010 at 20:31

I expect the cow-pat had a soft chewy texture

09/11/2010 at 20:33

Pipe Cleaner... I certainly don't know much about fungi... but I'm still here!

The trick is to be absolutely certain that you can identify those mushrooms that are first and foremost edible, and second, can't be mixed up with any other species. There are plenty fitting the bill... including parasols, penny buns, puffballs, ink caps, etc.

A note about ink caps... they come in 'shaggy' and 'smooth' varieties. Both are edible, but if you like an alcoholic drink with your meal... DON'T eat the 'smooth' ones, or you'll puke!

09/11/2010 at 20:35
 Oh.... Perhaps I should have left out the glass of port after supper tonight.
09/11/2010 at 20:48
Well I won't eat the smooth ink cap tonight!
09/11/2010 at 20:50
Macrolepiota procera. Don't know what it is in english sorry.
Grows everywhere. Especially glades in woodland. Pity you didn't catch it still closed, much better eating then.
09/11/2010 at 21:03
woozle wrote (see)
Macrolepiota procera. Don't know what it is in english sorry.

In English... parasol mushroom!

09/11/2010 at 21:05
Shaggy parasols are excellent to eat there's usually quite a few in the leaf mould about this time when i take the dogs for a walk in the morning. I cook them in the microwave and then scramble an egg or two with them again cooked in the microwave. delicious on toast for a cheap breakfast or lunch.
They are not particularly big. Try a giant puffball cut into 1/4 inch slices and fried in egg and breadcrumbs like a Wiener Schnitzel Yum Yum !!!
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