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mushroom foraging guide Turban Fungus

Names

Common: Turban Fungus, False Morel

Latin: Gyromitra esculenta

Edibility

Edibility: deadly poisonous.

Notes: This species is deadly poisonous if eaten raw. Although it is eaten after special preparation in some countries, there are indications that it may still be poisonous to some even them.

Season

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Description

Cap: size 4-10cm; colour brown; Extremely convoluted - like a cumpled paper bag.

Stem: length 2-4cm; width 2-3cm; colour cream,beige; shape equal; attachment central; features no ring.

Spores: ochre/yellow.

Flesh: flesh coloured; has hollow chambers (not completely hollow as in the Morel).

Habitat: found in coniferous wood growing in leaf litter

Frequency: occasional.