Almond Scented mushroom
Eric G. Snyder
ae924 at FreeNet.Carleton.CA
Wed Jul 27 05:20:44 EST 1994
Can anyone help with this? Found near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
In a previous article, ar416 at FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Doug Brubacher) says:
>A friend showed me a specimen found in a wooded area--it looks
>like a russula species perhaps (evenly spaced, white, attached
>gills, white stipe about 1 cm thick). The cap is a golden brown
>colour and is dry. The interesting thing is the odour--a strong,
>pleasant scent of almonds (like Amareto). Does anyone know what
>species might have such an odour?
What color are the spores?
About 20 years ago, in September, I picked about 10 pounds of
a almond scented mushroom in Mississauga, Ont. This one looked just
like an agaricus and grew in a grassy area in Clarkson. It had
brown spores and I was able to find an "almond mushroom",
Psalliota micromegetha, in The Mushroom Handbook, 1967, which generally
described it. However, the Handbook says "...uncommon species
found in Massachusetts, Michigan and a few other states."
I ate it all and lived to talk about it! I remember it being
just excellent with a definite almond flavour. But, it also had
brown gills - not white.
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