Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Shaggy Mane Mushrooms

Have you ever heard of the Shaggy Mane Mushroom? If not, you're not alone because neither had I. My daughter has one of those apps on her phone where she can take a picture of a plant and it will tell her what it is. Apparently this is a Shaggy Mane Mushroom. I was wondering what it was after I noticed a few of them popping up in my courtyard after all the rain we'd gotten. 

According to what I've read they are also known as Shaggy Ink Cap, or Shaggy Mane and is a common fungus often seen growing on lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas. They have cylinder bodies, covered in scales which is where they get their shaggy name from. The mushroom will turn black just hours after being picked and melt into a black liquid. So if you want to eat it, you have to cook it right after you pick it. 

We didn't pick them or eat them but I thought it was an interesting find. Has anyone else seen these growing in their lawn?