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  1. Phil


    That tree is a good find. You can keep going back to pick more.
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    Great pictures. What type of tree is that?
  3. Phil


    Thanks for your comment Dave.
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    I found this mushroom growing on a path in open broadleaf woodland. It does not stain when cut or rubbed but is yellowish at the base of the stipe. The flesh smells slightly inky. It has something like a root growing at the base of the stipe. It looks to me like the poisonous Agaricus bresadolanus. What are the best rules for identifying edible agaricus types?
  5. Phil

    Macrolepiota recipes

    Some people like to pick the A. Caesarea before they have emerged from the veil as white eggs. In that case there isn't so much difference. He might have picked a lot of "eggs" and not spotted the odd poisonous one in his basket. The council office won't check them because picking the eggs is illegal. Personally I wouldn't think of consuming the eggs. A. muscaria poisoning would be bad enough.
  6. Phil

    Macrolepiota recipes

    I'm doing a funghi course at the moment. The lecturer sometimes shows a picture of an edible variety and next to it a similar non edible type. It makes it clear that you have to be careful.
  7. Phil

    Macrolepiota recipes

    They try to prevent admissions to hospital by offering a checking service. In August an entire family in Rome were badly poisoned with Amanita Phalloides that they thought were Amanita Caesarea.
  8. Phil

    Edible ? France mushrooms

    This looks quite like your mushrooms. https://www.funghiitaliani.it/topic/64869-armillaria-mellea/
  9. Phil

    Macrolepiota recipes

    I took them to the council offices for checking. They rejected the one that you mention along with other smaller ones. They also removed all the stipes because they say they are indigestible. I asked If I could use them to make mushroom soup and they said certainly not! I had them for lunch.
  10. I found these Macrolepiota this morning in a sunny oak wood. Any ideas about how best to eat them? I identify them by the distinctive cap and leopard skin stem with moveable double ring. Is that sufficent?
  11. Phil

    Honeys ID

    My mushroom book says that Armillariella Mellea have to be boiled for 5-10 minutes to remove toxins. The water is discarded and they can then be consumed or used in cooking. The problem with this is the flavour goes along with the toxins.
  12. Phil

    Need Id

    It looks a bit like Marasmius oreades. My book however says found in meadows and road sides.
  13. Three days is what I thought too. The trouble is where I live if you are late the mushrooms have been picked. Mushroom hunting is very popular in Italy.
  14. The climate where I live is fairly dry often for weeks at a time. Wild mushrooms usually appear some time after a storm. I wonder if anyone knows more precisely how long it takes for the funghi to grow after the ground has been watered? Probably it is different for various species? My book on funghi doesn't seem to cover this topic very well. Any thoughts please?
  15. Thanks. When I looked closely at the gills I thought that it was omphalotus olearius. Quite poisonous!