Wood Mushroom

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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wood mushroom a name loosely applied to the numerous mushrooms which grow in woods, is sometimes used specifically of Agaricus (or Psalliota) sylvicola (or sylvicola), the woodland counterpart of the common field mushroom of Europe. This has a white or cream cap which smells of anise, bruises yellow, and measures up to 10 cm (4") across. Found also in N. America, it is generally rated as inferior to the field mushroom, but still a good edible. Calonge (1979) praises its aromatic qualities.

The prince, a related species, is sometimes called the large wood mushroom.