Saturday, July 23, 2011

mushroom identification

When the mist cleared this morning, there were no gorillas.

Only 'shrooms.

With the garden bed rebuilt with a tonne of mushroom compost the odd fungi popping up is inevitable.

Can anyone tell me what they are and whether they are safe to eat?

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Blogger Margaret said...

Okay, looking in my field guides, they look to be in the genus Conocybe. Without seeing their spores or their undersides, it's not possible to give a species ID.

Please don't eat them, Gill. I have no idea about their toxicity, but with mushrooms, the rule is without a certain ID, don't. :)

2:44 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Thanks Margaret.

3:00 pm  
Blogger neil said...

Agree with Margaret's advice. You can get then identified at the Royal Botanical Gardens by the resident mycologists.

3:41 pm  
Blogger Michelle Chin said...

Yeah, take it to the expert. Trust me, you don't wanna be eating shrooms that you don't know!

3:59 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Will take a better look at the spores next time they pop up. But yes, I have don't eat policy when it comes to 'shrooms of unknown origin.

4:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do not eat. X X Alice

12:00 am  
Anonymous kitchen hand said...

Odd how, in the depths of winter, they look like little straw umbrellas on a Caribbean beach.

3:35 pm  

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