Springtime is St George’s mushroom picking time

Go out mushroom picking

Now that the morels should be mostly gone and before the chantarelles are raising their pretty orange heads, it is time for the St George’s Mushroom to be found. Fruitbodies appear in April around St George’s Day on the 23rd of April, hence its name.

Calocybe gambosa is the Latin name and calocybe means pretty head, which describes this white to cream coloured mushroom perfectly. You find it on meadows and the edge of woodlands. It often grows in large fairy rings. It is of rather solid, even build and smells strongly of flower or cucumber. Gills are white and crowded and the spore print is also white.

St Georges Mushroom
Edible St Georges Mushroom – white or cream
St Georges Mushroom
Compact, solid build

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are poisonous mushrooms that look similar and grow around the same time. So always ask an expert, or leave well alone, if you are not an experienced mushroom picker. Just stick to this rule: If I can’t identify a mushroom with 100% certainty, I do not eat it!