Sunday, April 5, 2015

Coprinus Comatus

It has been the rainiest March on Menorca's  records since 1911.

And after a particularly wet winter, which seems to been over by now the sunny days have make nature reborn. In a stroll around the middle of the island some new flowers and mushrooms can be found.

Coprinus comatus, the shaggy ink cap, lawyer's wig, or shaggy mane, is a common fungus often seen growing on lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas. The young fuit bodies first appear as white cylinders emerging from the ground.

In Menorca is called Barbuda and it is edible. The taste is mild; cooking produces a large quantity of liquid. It can sometimes be used in mushroom soup. Large quantities of microwaved-then-frozen shaggy manes are delicious when used as the liquid component of risotto, replacing the usual chicken stock.

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