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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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ink cap shaggy cap, shaggy mane, and lawyer’s wig are all names for Coprinus comatus, an edible mushroom common in Britain and generally in temperate zones of the northern and southern hemispheres. The distinctive cap is shaped like a tall bell or (some say, less plausibly) a British judge’s wig, and is notably scaly. The whole fungus grows up to 25 or even 30 cm (10–12") tall, singly or in clumps on dung heaps, lawns, bonfire sites, and roadside verges. Its main season is in the autumn, but it appears from early spring onwards.