Amazing Clair’s Shaggy Parasols
From Clair’s email:
“We have another bumper crop of shaggy parasol (Chlorophyllum rhacodes) in our yard right now. (You may also find them listed as Lepiota or Macrolepiota). I counted 33 this morning. Last year I picked about 20 of these large mushrooms (6”-8” diam.) from our yard. They are excellent sautéed, but do need to be cooked well. I also found they are a great mushroom for drying; they reconstitute very well, and have a delicious taste. If you run across these, they are well-worth picking. We’ll have some with roast chicken tonight!
Just be certain of your identification. The base of the shaggy parasol is bulbous, but does not have a basal cup like Amanitas. The flesh will slowly bruise orange, then brown. A spore print (white spores) will separate it from the toxic green-gilled parasol (Chlorophyllum molybdites), which has greenish spores. Fortunately the green-gilled parasol is not known to occur in our area, but it’s always wise to be certain of your identification.
Check with Linda if you need help with identification!”