We found some shaggy parasols, a type of edible mushroom, when we went out for a walk today.
When we got back to the boat dad asked me to identify them, at first we thought they were parasol mushrooms.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A PARASOL MUSHROOM:
They are commonly found on the edges of grassy clearings and in woodlands from July to November.
The stem is a whitey/creamy colour with brown scales.
There is a large double ring around the stem which eventually slides down to the base.
The cap has browny grey scales, it has a small central bump known as an umbo.
The gills are white and do not change colour when cut.
The cap can be between 10 and 25cm in diameter.
BUT, the next day we found out that they were actually Shaggy Parasols.
HOW TO IDENTIFY SHAGGY PARASOLS:
They are commonly found in or beside woods or hedges.
They are smaller than parasol mushrooms, the caps are between 5 and 15cm in diameter.
When cut, the stem turns red.
It does not have scales on the stem.
It has a moveable double ring the same colour as the stem.
They have white gills.
Shaggy Parasols can be poisonous to some people.
We only found two and we didn’t eat them.