Introduction to Fall Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email: email@example.com
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
Agaricus campestris, the Meadow Mushroom or Pink-Bottom, is a prized edible with characteristic bright pink gills that turn chocolate-brown in age. It fruits early in the fall season in grasslands and especially in rich pastures. There are numerous generally similar look-alikes including some mildly toxic Agaricus and one Stropharia species. The toxic Agaricus species have a somewhat unpleasant odor when fresh or when cooked and Stropharia species have a purplish-brown spore print rather than the chocolate brown spores characteristic of nearly all Agaricus species. Agaricus campestris is closely related to the button mushroom of commerce but is richer in flavor.