About 5 hrs into the wait for my ‘supposed’ shaggy parasol mushroom to leave a spore print, I hopped online to check what I might be looking for. If you trust Wikipedia, their info on these mushrooms says “The gills and spore print are both white in colour.” Perhaps more importantly, it goes on to explain the print of the deadly lookalike: “Checking the spore print is essential as C. molybdites’ print is green (older specimens have slightly green gills). As a result, this mushroom is not recommended for inexperienced hunters.” Green spores for evilness, white for good. Rather stereotypical, no? I confirmed Wikipedia’s take with my new mycological society friend, and their stories jived.
If you were paying attention, my last post had me with a mushroom on white paper. White on white, not so likely to show up. So I gleaned some dark craft paper from my wife’s stash, and put the cap half on white, half on dark. If it was green evilness, it would hopefully show on stark white. If it was white good, would hopefully show on burgundy. And so it happened. The white paper had spores, but you couldn’t really see them, because, well, they were white. The ones on the dark paper showed up as per the photo: white. And darn lovely to look at too. Further evidence, along with the fact that I have not died or become ill from them in prior years, that these are indeed Shaggy Parasols, and that I can proceed to indulge in them without risk of making my children orphans. I hope.
***Don’t die eating wild mushrooms that you haven’t ID’d and blame it on me. Wild mushrooms can be vile-nasty-toxic, and this is my disclaimer that it’s not my fault if you mess up and get disastrously ill based on the information above. I’m just sayin’.