I’ve posted about these fantastic wild mushrooms before. They are, quite possibly, my favorite mushroom, period – and somehow I’m lucky enough that they grow in my backyard completely by chance. My mom ID’d them as shaggy parasols a few years ago when they first appeared in our back yard – she used to pick them every year out of a neighbour’s yard, hoping to snag them before the mower got them. Here, they’ve come back every year, always in slightly different locations around the drip edge of my apple tree. There’s some poetry in that, no? Judging by my previous blog post dates, they tend to appear either mid-late July or late September. Fortunately for me, I’ve made some new friends who are hardcore into foraging for local wild mushrooms, and it was suggested that I take a spore print of a cap to make a positive ID. As they have a toxic lookalike, this seems like a sensible step. Although my annual consumption of them and lack of resulting death leads me to believe that I have the good, not evil twin, I’m sacrificing a cap in the name of future safety. I’ve got one cap on a sheet of white paper with a bowl atop it for many hours, and have been instructed to report the color of the spore print. Never done this before.
Because this ID presumably takes a day or so, I was certainly not going to waste the balance of the 2 large mushrooms I had to work with. Below are many photos of what the mushroom looks like, and how I prepped it for consumption post-ID-confirmation. They are fabulously girthy mushrooms, and the pan holds but one cap and two stems. Shaggy parasol scrambled eggs with wild onion anyone?
***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’.