Field Mushroom - Agaricus campestris

    Description

    Cap 3 to 10cm, domed and remaining so a long time before expanding fully, white sometimes creamy yellow. Stem with a very flimsy fibrous ring that quickly disappears . Taste and smell pleasant and mushroomy. Gills deep pink even in unopened 'buttons', finally darkening to brown. An excellent edible mushroom.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Meadows and grasslands, particularly where horses graze.

    When to see it

    Autumn

    UK Status

    Formerly very common but now less so following the decline in the use of working horses on farms.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland but declining.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map