Foraging the Shaggy Mane Mushroom

Here’s a look at the shaggy mane mushroom – coprinus comatus: 


This mushroom is a delicious edible of the genus coprinus (the inky caps).


All coprinus have a very unique “self digestion” mechanism in which their cap turns into it’s own spores and decomposes as a mass which can be carried away and transported by insects, hence the name inky cap.


These mushrooms are great when picked before decomposing and can be sautéed into any dish that calls for mushrooms, including mushrooms and eggs, or any Thai or Indian style curry.


There are several other coprinus that range from inedible to questionable so always forage carefully and have an expert help confirm your identifications.

Happy Foraging,

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Dan De Lion is an earth herbalist, forager, musician, and teacher. He teaches through Return to Nature, providing classes, lectures, and seminars on wild food foraging, mushroom identification, herbal medicine making, as well as primitive and survival skills with a focus on wild foods and forest medicines. He also incorporates the philosophies of yoga, alchemy, meditation, and mysticism into his classes, lectures, and seminars and brings a deep rooted indigenous medicine perspective of practicing intuition with plants, in a systematic and earth-based way – Check out more at www.returntonature.us.
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