23.4.10

St George’s Mushroom Identification and look-alikes

The St Georges mushroom is a very early fruiting variety of mushroom that fruits in late April through to early June. This period is very early for mushrooms and because of this there isn’t many mushrooms that you can mistake for the St George.

See here for the culinary uses of the St George Mushroom

However, nature being nature and because there is some similar looking species that fruit in early summer it is worth knowing about them however dissimilar they look.

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St George’s Mushroom identification and the look-a-likes

The St George’s Mushroom
Colour: Creamy White to tan
Shape: Domed Mushroom with thick stem
Cap: 5 – 12 cm
Season: Late April to June
Habitat: Short grass almost everywhere Edible

The Red Staining Inocybe
Colour: Cream to straw coloured ages brick red
Shape: Conical in shape and often wavy and bent
Cap: 3 – 8cm Olive / Yellow Gills and flesh when cut
Season: Late Spring to Autumn (sometimes as early as May)
Habitat: Woodland verge loving, woods and parks.
Poisonous


 The Entoloma Lividium
Colour: Creamy White
Shape: Large Fleshy Cap with similar inrolled edge
Cap: 6 – 18cm Distinguished by the gills which start pale yellow and mature flesh coloured
Season: Summer to Autumn (Sometimes Early Summer)
Habitat: Rich soil at field and woodland edges and paths
Poisonous


 Deadly Fibrecap
Colour:  Cream with Brown radial fibres Shape: Conical with a raised centre
Cap: 4 - 8cm the gills are buff in colour, darkening with age
Season: Summer
Habitat: Broad leaf woodland but can be pasture that surrounds the woods
Poisonous

The Livid Entoloma, Red Staining Inocybe and Deadly Fibrecap are uncommon especially during May when the St George’s mushroom is in its peak fruiting season!

Obviously there are some other mushrooms at this time of the year that you should also keep your eyes open for such as the Morel!

Remember never eat a mushroom unless you are 100% confident that you know what they are and do not use this article as your sole method of identification!

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