The Meadow Mushroom (2/5)

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These are the ancestors of the cultivated mushroom and they have more taste than their more civilized offspring. The species comes in several varieties that differ in their firmness and in the color of the cap, which can be either lighter or darker and its surface either smooth or scaly_


White, cream. sometimes with brown patches. darker toward the center. silky. Spherical at first, then domed and finally flat. No bigger than a pea when it comes out of the ground, it can grow to 3 or 4 inches in diam-eter. The flesh turns pink when cut.


Salmon pink, almost white. turning to grayish-mauve and to purplish-brown with age- Crowded. free, frag-ile.


Dark purplish-brown


White. cylindrical, solid The ring is cottony and rubs off easily, pieces of it adhere to the stem and to the edge of the cap when the mushroom is not fully open. No volva.


Pastures grazed by animals. any place that has been manured


Summer. fall.

Special Features

Unfortunately, it is in gathering Meadow Mushrooms that careless people find the most dangerous of all fungi, and it is important to recognize Amanita OM-lodes in order to avoid it (see page 86). However, you do not need to be very observant to see the dif-ference between these two species. which are not really alike


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