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.
Meaning of Botanical Name
Arvensis means field which is where these mushrooms grow
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.
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.
Our Horse Mushroom ForagingVideo
Physical Characteristics of the Horse Mushroom
The cap is a creamy white colour, dome-shaped when young and flattening out with age.
Gills start off pale salmon pink and turn dark chocolate brown and eventually black with age, they are crowded and free of the stem.
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
Delicious edible mushroom, good for frying, stews, pate, etc.