Observation 138233: Agaricus silvicola group

When: 2013-06-30

Collection location: Waterford, Connecticut, USA [Click for map]

Who: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)

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Found all by itself next to a pine (probably eastern white). Smells somewhat like Agaricus arvensis. What is this likely delicious Agaricus?

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much more on it
By: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)
2013-07-01 19:32:08 PDT (-0700)

1. Smell: Does it smell like almonds? According Rogers, Agaricus macrosporus (a European mushroom, but we may have a similar sp., or maybe it appears here) “smell[s] faint[ly] of crushed almonds when young, rapidly smelling more ammoniacal”. I can say it doesn’t smell ammoniacal. But almonds? Hum. Tonight I opened a container of almonds just to smell it. I can say, maybe there’s some resemblance. My daughter didn’t see the similarity.

Wikipedia says “mild taste and a smell of aniseed”. I don’t see the aniseed (FYI, aniseed is the seed of the anise plant, aka Pimpinella anisum) similarity. But, I also didn’t see that in A. arvensis, and “Miller, Orson. Mushrooms of North America” states A. arvensis smells like anise. I can say that this smells moderately like A. arvensis, so by that account, I deduce others would say what I found smells like “anise” or “almonds”. In fact, I just smelled some aniseed, and now I see the resemblance. My ~conclusion about smell: It smells 50% like aniseed, 10% like crushed almonds (dried non carcinogenic ones, which smell very good, btw), & 40% unique to certain Agarius sp.

Interesting that A. silvicola is said to smell “odor sweet (reminiscent of anise or almonds)”.

2. Ectomycorrhiza: @ least Steve Caruso says A. macrosporus grows w/pines. Per wiki, A. excellens grows “is commonly found in coniferous and deciduous areas and grows during late autumn to summer amongst grass in open woodland, especially spruce.”, so this suggests it can grow w/pine, yet I don’t see a helpful source to follow.

3. Bruising/Stain, etc.: There is some yellowing on the cap top & margin. The stipe didn’t seem to bruise, even where cut. (I added today’s picture of it [warning: indoor picture]). But yeah, A. silvicola; maybe that’s it? Base isn’t really bulbous, but it doesn’t always have to be, I believe.

4. Mycophagy: How do people decide if they should eat it? Maybe some say it is too hard to ID to species, and won’t, others feel they have it to a cluster of edible Agaricus sp. and do, and a final group thinks they are sure on what they found, but in reality don’t know and then eat it.

btw, regarding Pimpinella anisum seeds: at least in my spice drawer, P. anisum smells more of liquorice than fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seeds


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