|Agaricus xanthodermus||Agaricaceae||Yellow-staining Mushroom|
Agaricus xanthodermus Yellow-staining Mushroom. At first glance, this looks like a most delicious Field Mushroom, but beware! All Mushrooms should be checked by scraping the extreme base of the stipe to note whether it bruises a bright chrome yellow. The discolouration can also be seen on the ring and the edge of the cap. The top of the cap is smooth and white, when in a shady situation, but becoming pale brown when out in the open. The gills are salmon pink, ageing to dark brown. It is found wherever the edible Field Mushroom grows, i.e. in grassland, on the Common, in fields etc. and is almost as common. The toxin it contains is quite harmless to some people, but in others will produce bad stomache-upsets, though usually nothing more serious. There is a strong smell of ink/iodine/phenol/ chemicals on cooking, which may be enough to put you off in any case.
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