Thanks Dan! It sure looks like a Campastris, which are everywhere now after the rain, but they only get 4 inch large according to my field guide..
Essettis get larger, but they have a yellow staining when bruised. Which this one doesn't. Jury is out still!
Good idea i'll make a sporeprint!
Hahaha. That made me laugh. No way i'm eating this thing though. On another blog someone told me to cut it and see the inside if it turns yellow and smells of anise and almond and after weird and bad. It smelled not of anise, but made my fingers tingle in a funny way.
They think it might be Agraricus Urinascens or Agraricus Arvense Osecanus or . Names that made me laugh because i thought they were made up.
It's funny finding a mushroom.
Thanks for the great poem!
Tereza Okava wrote:with a thread title like that, i couldn't resist.
I am personally a big scaredycat with mushrooms, can never be 100% sure (but I'll eat any random berry on a tree without a care. go figure.)
When I take the risk of trying an unknown mushroom, I think I become so self-conscious that I imagine I'm feeling a bit strange rather than it really happening to me. If I imagine right now that I just ate a mushroom and feel very self-conscious I'll also start to feel strange. I tasted a truly delicious unknown mushroom recently which was half-dehydrated from the sun. It had the texture a bit like a Chinese restaurant prawn cracker, strong umami and pleasant mushroom flavour. It was like eating mushroom chips! However I won't do it anymore, I became too paranoid when I started reading what could happen to me.
The only one you have to worry about that looks like that with pink gills is the yellow stainer, bruise the cap, if it turns yellow bin it, if it smells like aniseed it's fine. by the size of it I would say it could be a Prince mushroom Agaricus augustus though they are normally a bit shaggy.