Macrolepiota dolichaula- White Parasol

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mmm it’s a good season for mushies this year. I finally got a meal of shaggy inkcaps – the flavour was a lovely basic mushroom flavour. These are better so hoping to find more of these and shaggy parasols – those are very nice.

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In a field guide to Australian fungi, A.M Young makes mention of these mushrooms being eaten in Australia by some and others receiving stomach upsets. It is also found and eaten in India,China and North Thailand. I never thought a toadstool could taste so good, really nice texture and abundant in grazing pastures, they are pungent  fresh, have white spores, sliding ring, tall, standing out from hundreds of metres away, much taller than the poisonous green spored Chlorophyllum molybdites.

IMG_0298 Cap 6-16cm diameter though up to dinner plate size is not uncommon. Light brown centre of concentrated scales radiating out and dispersing.

IMG_0296 Stem 7-24cm 0.6- 2.5cm hollow, easily snapped. stem base slightly bulbous. A similar looking species Chlorophyllum hortense can be found growing at the same time but it’s stem reddens with bruising or when cut.

IMG_0300 Gills free from stem, closely stacked. Gills white to cream on maturity. Margin bearing remnants…

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