Agrocybe (Cyclocybe) parasitica

At the top of my list of edible mushrooms that I have not tried is Agrocybe parasitica.  That is because it is a large mushroom and can occur in fairly large clusters.  It should also be possible to cultivate this mushroom.


Above picture is courtesy of Reiner

Various sources disagree with respect to the edibility of this mushroom.  None list it as poisonous, but some advise caution.  On the other hand, Watling and Taylor (1987) describe it as an excellent edible.  Their description can be found here.

9 May 2021

It is 11 years since I made that post. This year has seen a flurry of fb posts from people in northern NSW describing this as the best tasting mushroom that they have ever eaten. It seems that it occurs in quite large outcrops in that area as well as in New Zealand. It also occurs in Tasmania. I am still to taste it. Oh, and it has had a name change to Cyclocybe parasitica.

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    Levi said,

    Thanks very much for this info. My list of edible mushrooms/cautious tasting experiments is increasing day to day. A new book needs to be made. Anyone interested there is a Queensland Mycological Society and their website is Membership is only $25 a month and the next foray is 15th June 2013 in Cooloola region, Sunshine Coast.

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      morrie2 said,

      I’m pleased that you found the information helpful Levi. I have mentioned the Queensland Mycological Society a few times in comments here. Have you been on one of their forays?

      There are lots of edible mushrooms that I have not covered here yet. Like you, the number I have eaten increases all the time.



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      Barry Thomas said,

      Hi there – it is definitely edible… I have eaten them since c 1983… one of the best tasting mushrooms on the planet IMHO.

      The shirt has the texture of Camembert and is super tasty.

      Yes you can buy spore on dowels in Whitianga… seriously… it’s the best also called Tawaka and harore, plant poplar mushroom grows up to 200mm in diameter and on rotten heartwood of somesuch… a bit like shitake? on tawa and titoke trees.

      Barry Thomas

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    Levi said,

    Never went morrie, I’m only pretty young and saw all the members were a different age group it just put me off.

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    jsunlau said,

    Hi Morrie,
    I recently found some A. parsitica just near that spot you found the Chicken of the woods. They tasted much the same as the species I found growing on Poplar (Agrocybe aegerita). The main macroscopic difference in the collections sampled so far is the outer side of the veil covering. Lacking the raised tissue. I will put some photos up soon.

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