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.
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