|Shaggy Mane Mushrooms at Different Stages, in the Early Morning Light|
The hunt took place in the woods, and the shaggy mane (coprinus comatus) grows in open fields, so it was not included in that day's activities, but I asked the mycologist to tell me how to deal with the abundance of shaggy manes that pop up in my village every October. I had tried cooking them, but I didn't like the way they came out, all black and yucky. (It won't surprise you to hear that they're often referred to as "inky caps".)
- Pick them as young as possible -- before they start turning black;
- Cut them in two lengthwise;
- Freeze them on a cookie sheet;
- Bag them and store them in the freezer;
- Take out as many as you need and sauté them.
- Cut them in two and sauté them fresh.
WARNING: shaggy manes and alcohol are a toxic combination.