• cap is conic to bell-shaped with age, up to 8cm wide, light gray or gray-brown with furrow-lines radiating to the margins.
  • gills are nearly free from the stem and white/grey when young.
  • the flesh and gills of older specimens liquefies into a black inky mass.
  • partial veil leaves an inferior, fibrous ring on the white stem.
  • grows in tight clusters in grass or on wood debris.
  • appears in sumer and fall.
  • has a mild taste with no odor; cook before eating.
  • tip: collect younger specimens and/or remove blackening areas which have a more bitter taste.
  • tip: cooking with water shortly after collecting helps to prevent the dish from turning into a black inky mess.
  • warning: causes a toxic reaction of hot flushing and nausea if consumed with or followed by alcohol.
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