Slippery Jacks (Suillus luteus), Fly agarics (Amanits mascaria) Bull Thistle roots (Cirsium vulgare) & some Crocus flowers

My mushroom history so far

Here I want to take a look back over the mushrooms I have been lucky enough to find in my area up until now.
Where I don’t have my own picture I have created link to wikipedia for information I will up date picture as I find them again.

The Field Mushroom (Agaricus campestris) This is a good flavored and versatile mushroom, I have only ever eaten them fresh or stewed them and frozen so far. I don’t see large amounts of these anymore compared to when I was a child, there seemed to be a never ending supply of these but now are a rare treat.

Field mushrooms (Agaricus campestris) & Evening primrose (Oenothera sp.) plants

 

Horse Mushrooms (Agaricus arvensis) These aren’t as nice in flavor as the field mushrooms, they look very similar but are bigger, have a slightly darker spore print and hold their ring a lot longer. I have only eaten these fresh but assume you could treat them same as field mushrooms.

Horse Mushrooms (Agaricus arvensis)

 

The Prince (Agaricus augustus) This was the first time I had eaten these and I didn’t like the taste at all, it tasted like bitter almonds but they has quite a high flavor rating in most books but I think it must an acquired taste.

The Prince mushroom (Agaricus augustus)

 

Saffron Milk Caps (Lactarius deliciosus) in the top right hand corner of the basket are the Saffrom milk caps I didnt take an individual picture sorry. These for a long time have been one of my favorite mushrooms but as I experience more different mushroom they are heading down my favorites list. They are a firm mushroom even after cooking almost squeeky if that makes sense! They do have their own flavor but it isn’t special compared to birch boletes (Leccinum scabrum) or shaggy ink caps (Coprinus comatus) in my opionion anyway. You have to be very gentle when picking them because they will stain blue where ever you touch them so don’t keep well if you are worried about looks but if not worried about the staining you can keep for three or four days.

Slippery Jacks (Suillus luteus) and Saffrom milk caps (Lactarius deliciosus)

 

Shaggy Ink Caps (Coprinus comatus) I love these if you had told me I would be eating these when I was younger I would have laugh at you Yuck!! But they are one of my favorites now, they are nice young or old I don’t care if they have started to degrade it just makes them more flavorful I recon. I haven’t preserved these in any way I’ve only eaten them fresh, I don’t think they would dry unless very young and their flesh is super delicate so I don’t think they would pickle well either but thats ok I never have enough to do any of those thing with them anyway Yum!

Shaggy ink caps (Coprinus comatus)


Brown Birch Bolete (Leccinum scabrum) So here on the left is the Cracked boletes and on the right are the Brown birch boletes. These were both amazing and for the first time I understood why people prefer these over Slippery jacks (Suillus luteus) they are so much more superior in flavor and texture but I have only seen these here once and not that close to me but I will be traveling to try to find these next season as they were just so superb!

Brown birch bolete mushrooms (Leccinum scabrum) & Cracked boletes (Boletus chrysenteron) They tasted amazing!!

 

Red Cracked Bolete (Boletus chrysenteron) See picture above.

Slippery Jack’s (Suillus luteus) Ok Slippery jack’s these are the most abundant mushroom close at hand to me and I use a lot of them they dont have what I would call a splendid flavor and the texture is a bit slimmy hence the name. I peel and dry these and this emhances their flavor and they keep well I use them in stews, omelets and stir fries etc. I also cook a few small ones fresh on the days I harvest them oh and I pickle the ones that are to small to peel just in a vinegar brine solution. I have put the ones that are to big and water logged into stews and then frozen the stew but drying is best. These are a pain in the ass to peel as they are very resiney and slimy but I think once dried they are worth the effort for sure.

Slippery Jacks (Suillus luteus) and Saffrom milk caps (Lactarius deliciosus)

Slippery jacks (Suillus luteus) dried


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jelly Fungi (Pseudohydnum gelatinosumam) I tried these a few different ways but just don’t like them it is a shame because they are quite abundant. The best way was cooked as a sweet with honey but I still don’t like them unfortunately but don’t be scared to try them I’m sure some would like them.

Jelly fungi (Pseudohydnum gelatinosumam)

 

Fly Agaric (Amantia muscaria) These are a bit controversial but they are edible is processed properly, they must be boiled in a LOT of water the poison in them is water soluble, I boil these for fifteen minutes change water and boil again in a LOT of water for five minutes then I vinegar pickle them and water bath for another 2o minute or so. See my other blogs, they are a pleasant mushroom with a good firm texture and nutty flavor even with all the cooking. You should not dry these as it intensifies the poison, they must be boiled! They are very abundant here and are a great resource for me. And I’m not dead yet so that is a bonus 🙂

Fly agarics (Amanita mascaria)


Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda)  I didn’t like these the first coupler times I tried them but now I like them strange, I just fried them and added salt and pepper.

Wood blewits (Lepista nuda)

Wood blewits (Lepista nuda)

Parasol Mushroom (Macrolepita procera) Sorry no picture, These are very nice mushroom they are very delicate and break easy so not sure if they would preserve well I’ve only eaten fresh.

Parasol mushrooms (Macrolepiota procera)

Parasol mushrooms (Macrolepiota procera)

 

Common Ink Caps (Coprinus atramentarius) Sorry no picture, I’ve only eaten these a coupler times, they weren’t bad tasting but not as nice as the Shaggy ink caps. A note these are not to be eaten with alcohol apparently it will give you a hangover like you have never had…… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coprinopsis_atramentaria

Common Puff Ball (Lycoperdon perlatum) Sorry no picture,  I have eaten these a coupler time you have to get them when they are young and still firmish. They taste ok but are hard to find enough of for a real meal and I’ve only eaten fresh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycoperdon_perlatum

Cauliflower Mushroom (Sparassis crispa) Sorry no picture, I only tried a little bit of this tempuraed and it was stunning,  so sweet.  There were only two of these plant and I can only hope they come back each year. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparassis

Sheep Polypore (Albatrella ovinus) Sorry no picture, Wow this was a surprise find indeed, I was looking for slippery jack’s and I stumbled onto one, yes only one of these mushrooms but as soon as I seen it I remembered seeing it in a book so I picked it, it smelled like flowers and tasted amazing, very flowery. I looked again this year and didn’t find it but a GPS would help I’m sure, the pine forest is big. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatrellus_ovinus

So my list in favorite order is-

  • Birch boletes(Leccinum scabrum)
  • Cracked bolete (Boletus chrysenteron)
  • Cauliflower fungi (Sparassis crispa)  
  • and Sheep polypore (Albatrella ovinus)

Then-

  • Shaggy ink caps (Coprinus comatus)
  • and Parasols (Macrolepita procera)

And then-

  • Fly agarics (Amantia muscaria)
  • Slippery jack’s (Suillus luteus)
  • Puff balls (Lycoperdon perlatum)
  • and Saffron milk caps (Lactarius deliciosus)

So there you have it, fungi are not only a great healthy edible resource and fascinatingly intriguing  they are an integral part of the life and dead cycles that allow the existence of all life on this precious planet we all share. 🙂

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5 comments on “My mushroom history so far

  1. Great info thanks! I’ve just started my mushroom foraging adventure so I’m lapping up information. Just found a fieldy in my back yard (I’m almost positive) but not game enough to eat it yet!

  2. Thanks mate I’m glad you like it n I wish you well on your new adventure into the exiting tasty world ov fungi………

  3. Your “Prince” mushrooms are not Agaricus Augustus. They are not even an Agaricus species. They have a pale colored gill, while Agaricus mushrooms have pink or gray gills while caps are closed, which darken to brown when the caps are fully open. You have fully open caps, and pale colored gills.

    I don’t know what you ate. But it wasn’t The Prince nor any of his Family.

  4. Hay mate not sure what picture you are looking at or what your experience is but every picture I looked at n every key I used n all tha research I did said they were Agaricus augustus, and I am 100% sure they are an agaricus sp. n 80% sure they are A.augustus, but happy to be corrected if I am wrong. see description below that I didn’t put all in the blog becoz I thought it was obvious from picture that it was an Agaricus augustus…….
    They have a partial veil.
    They have dark chocolate brown spore print.
    The gills are free from stem.
    They have a strong smell ov almonds/ N taste.
    The cap has a covering of fine scales
    Their caps were up to 25ish cm across.
    Their stipe was swollen at the base n mostly buried.
    The veil left a delicate fringe like effect around tha cap.
    Ummm so would love to know why you think it is even an agaricus???
    They have fine scales on tha stem especially below tha partial veil.
    They bruised yellow at tha edges.
    The one in tha picture is not mature for this species as you can see it isn’t convex yet, tha older ones gills were brown, so they went from white to grayish beige to a dark brown before rotting.

    Tha only thing I don’t have is a microscope to see tha size ov the spores but they are a pretty easy species to ID I thought.

  5. I love your blog, I love to farage for mushroom here in Melbourne and just photograph them. You have provided so much insight. Thank you, Thank you….I love all the other stuff you do too. Don’t stop. Mel

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