The mushroom that I picked did not show any evidence of a veil. Great!
Ready to eat this mushroom then...right? Nope!
Cortinarius and Blewits grow at the same time of year, look similar,
and can grow side by side.
Cortinarius has a glossy/slimy cap.
The mushroom that I picked did not have a glossy cap.
Ready to eat it now? Let's take another step.
I decided to take a spore print.
This is a simple and fun process that is perfect to do with children
that are old enough not to stick the mushroom, or any pieces of it, in their mouth.
For safety's sake, please keep your hands washed too. Touching mushrooms
has not been shown to be a problem, but ingesting them could prove
to be a mistake. Washing your hands will make sure that there's no chance
of eating even a small bit of a toxic mushroom.
All you need is a mushroom, a bit of aluminum foil, a cup/small bowl/glass, and a knife to remove the stem (if the mushroom has one).