Horse Mushroom (Agaricus Arvensis)

Horse Mushroom / Summer / Autumn / Edible

Welcome to a world of culinary delight as we celebrate the savory treasures of the Horse Mushroom (Agaricus arvensis).

Join us on a journey where gastronomy meets elegance. With its noble appearance and distinct features, the Horse Mushroom stands as a majestic culinary gem.

Learn to identify its unique characteristics, discover its preferred habitats, and delve into the culinary wonders it offers. From its firm and fleshy texture to its delicate, nutty flavor, this mushroom has the power to elevate your culinary creations to extraordinary heights.

Whether you are an experienced forager or an adventurous home cook, let this  Mushroom inspire your culinary endeavors and tantalize your taste buds with its marvelous flavors. Embrace the abundance of nature’s bounty as we celebrate the enchanting delights that lie within the Horse Mushroom. Get ready to embark on a flavor-filled journey as we explore the captivating culinary possibilities offered by this remarkable fungus.

Common Name

Horse Mushroom


Botanical Name

Agaricus Arvensis

Meaning of Botanical Name

Arvensis means field which is where these mushrooms grow



Known Hazards

Can accumulate heavy metals such as copper

Could be confused with

Yellow Stainer, (Agaricus Xanthoderma) this mushroom stains quickly bright yellow when touched, cut or bruised, the horse mushroom stains slightly yellow and its a slow reaction, it also smells very unpleasantly of iodine whereas the horse mushroom smells of aniseed.

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Food Plant of

Humans, mammals, and many invertebrates and insects.

Range and Distribution

the Horse Mushroom is a common mushroom in Britain and Ireland as well mainland Europe and parts of Asia and North America, the Horse Mushroom has also been found in Australia as well as New Zealand


This is a saprophytic mushroom (meaning it lives on decaying organic matter) it loves well-manured pastures and grassland, often growing in rings.

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Physical Characteristics of the Horse Mushroom


The cap is a creamy white colour, dome-shaped when young and flattening out with age.

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Gills start off pale salmon pink and turn dark chocolate brown and eventually black with age, they are crowded and free of the stem.

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Stem & Skirt

The stem has a double ring (skirt) which when still attached to the cap looks like a cogwheel pattern.
Flesh stains a pale yellow colour when bruised.


Strong Aniseed Smell


Dark Brown

Edible Use

Delicious edible mushroom, good for frying, stews, pate, etc.

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