Porcelain Fungus / Summer / Autumn / Edible
We’re going to take a look at Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella musida) Identification so we can feel confident in finding this mushroom when out in the woods.
grows on the trunks of Beech, often high up and in large clusters
Distinctive mushroom with a white glistening cap due to the slimy coating. Good for the pot but remove the slime and stems beforehand.
Identifying Features for Porcelain Fungus
2-8cm across, convex at first then flattening. Pale greyish when young, becoming white and often with an ochraceous flush at the centre. Caps are semi translucent and slimy.
Andrew Butko, CC BY-SA 3.0
White, thin and tough with a small skirt
Björn S…, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
White, quite distant and joined at the stem, adnate
James Lindsey at Ecology of Commanster, CC BY-SA 2.5 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5>, via Wikimedia Commons
Not much of a smell but tastes very mushroomy when cooked.
White spore print
Pale grey when young but white when mature. Some may not have an ochraceous flush at the centre.
Uses of porcelain fungus
Good for the pot when added in with other mushrooms. Has a nice mushroomy flavour. This mushroom must be cooked and the slime removed prior to cooking.
Quite a common mushroom and can be seen growing in large numbers. Go for the larger specimens as the slime if very difficult to remove prior to use.
Must be cooked thoroughly with the slime removed before consumption.
There are no potential lookalikes with that slimy top!