The featured image above illustrates the size of this magnificent parasol mushroom recently spotted in Knutsford’s Tatton Park.
The dog refused to stand by said mushroom and pointedly looked the other way. Using him as a measure, the height and diameter must be something like 10 inches.
They’re said to be edible and make a good pizza base, but you’d have to really know what you’re doing, as similar fungi are poisonous.
Parasol mushrooms, or Macrolepiota procera, are found in well drained soil. These large specimens, about the size of an adult hand, were in sand dunes at Salthouse, Norfolk.
What beautiful patterning on the suface.
These are said to be edible, although Wiki says that there is a rare similar fungus that is not, so beware!
I was struck by these rather large mushrooms, several inches across, that had appeared in small groups in the grassland in Tatton Park. It seems that they are parasol mushrooms.
The two young ones entwined like mother and child are particularly cute.
These mushrooms are apparently more common in the south of Britain, but there certainly seemed to be plenty at Tatton.
They are said to be edible, but then again a very similar species is poisonous, so don’t – unless you know what you’re doing and it is legal to pick them.
I was cursing not having taken camera with me,
but at a pinch the smartphone made not too bad a job of it.