Safety equals success when it comes to foraging for food, and sure identification is an absolute must when gathering anything from the wild for you or your family’s consumption. If you have, or think you have, gathered any of the mushrooms on this page, then you must not consume and discard immediately.
As you will notice in this list, different mushrooms have different coloured spores. Click the link to find out How To Take A Spore Print, and also view my Spore Print Gallery to help with your identification.
- Spherical mushroom, though sometimes creased and/or lobed, without a stem. 3-10cm in diameter.
- Yellowy-brown, thick, warty skin.
- Interior of young specimens are pale, though becoming dark purple-black with white streaks as the mushroom matures. Eventually becoming a powdery mass of brown spores.
- Habitat: All types of woodland, though prefers Beech and Oak.
- Similar Species: The Smooth Earth Ball is very similar and also poisonous. There is also a possible though unlikely confusion with certain Puffballs.