In a field guide to Australian fungi, A.M Young makes mention of these mushrooms being eaten in Australia by some and others receiving stomach upsets. It is also found and eaten in India, Africa, China and North Thailand. I never thought a toadstool could taste so good, really nice texture and abundant in grazing pastures, they are pungent fresh, have white spores, sliding ring, tall, standing out from hundreds of metres away, much taller than the poisonous green spored Chlorophyllum molybdites.
Cap 6-16cm diameter though up to dinner plate size is not uncommon. Light brown centre of concentrated scales radiating out and dispersing.
Stem 7-24cm 0.6- 2.5cm hollow, easily snapped. stem base slightly bulbous. A similar looking species Chlorophyllum hortense can be found growing at the same time but it’s stem reddens with bruising or when cut.
Gills free from stem, closely stacked. Gills white to cream on maturity. Margin bearing remnants of veil. Ring whitish, membranous.
M. dolichaula stands out from other Macrolepiota by the height & diameter.
October through to June Blue Mountains to far North Qld.
If in doubt through it out, these mushrooms need cooking on high heat in an open pan to reduce the risk of gastro-intestinal upsets.
Look-alikes include Chlorophyllum hortense, Chlorophyllum molybdites and where Eucalyptus border paddocks the white gilled Amanita pyramidifera can appear similar especially if the pyramids on the cap have washed out. A. pyramidifera lacks the thin walled hollow stalk of M.dolichaula.
M.dolichaula is eaten in India, Africa, China, North Thailand and is gaining popularity in Australia.
NUTRITIONAL AND NUTRACEUTICAL POTENTIAL OF WILD EDIBLE MACROLEPIOTOID MUSHROOMS OF NORTH INDIA