One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large edible mushroom with a creamy-white cap and pinkish-grey gills, found in grassland in Eurasia and North America.
Agaricus arvensis, family Agaricaceae, class Hymenomycetes
- ‘We used to eat freshwater mussels from the river and cook the horse mushrooms that sprang up overnight in the fields, too, but she's right, I wouldn't do that now.’
- ‘While the horse mushroom will stain slightly yellow, it has a sweet odor that separates it immediately from its emetic cousins, and the base of its stem does not stain yellow like the others.’
- ‘Scotland produces all sorts of edible wild mushrooms - parasols, horse mushrooms, field mushrooms and wood blewits to name but a few - but you must be sure of what they are before eating them or you could end up in hospital or worse.’
- ‘Look for field and horse mushrooms in fields grazed by horses or traditional breeds of cattle, where there are plenty of wildflowers and where the dominant grass isn't rye-grass.’
- ‘On being cut or broken, the flesh of the true mushroom remains white or nearly so, the flesh of the coarser horse mushroom changes to buff or sometimes to dark brown.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.