Common: Parasol Mushroom
Latin: Macrolepiota procera
Eating notes: Good strong flavour. Discard the tough stems.
Preserving: Can be frozen.
Cap: 10-30cm Initially egg-shaped then flat with a raise centre (umbo). Cream with a dark scaly centre and scattered dark scales elsewhere.
Gills: Free, white, crowded.
Stem: 15-30cm slender, cream banded with dark scales. Thick woolly double sided ring which can often be moved up and down the stem.
Flesh: White. Not changing.
Habitat: On the ground in pasture or open woodland. Sometimes found in groups or rings.