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the winter months, to feature some of the less desirable or hard to find mushrooms.
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June's Mushroom of the Month
bitorquis (aka) A. rodmani: The Spring
Agaricus , The Banded Agaricus or The
Credit: Frank Stevens
The Agaricus bitorquis is a large, choice edible
mushroom that fruits in the spring and also in the fall.
It can fruit as early as May in wet, warm
This mushroom is one of the species called pink bottoms
or just pinks by Michigan mushroom hunters.
The dry, smooth to scaly, brownish to grayish-brown caps
range from 2 to 5 inches (5 to 11.5 cm.) wide and are
hard and fleshy.
The pale pink, free gills turn dark chocolate
brown with age.
The whitish, thick, short stems range from 1 to 2
inches (2.5 to 5 cm.) tall and 3/8 to 1 ½ inches (1 to 3
There is a persistent thick, white, membranous veil on
The upper edge of the ring is free or flaring with the
lower edge free or the ring can be sheath-like with the
upper edge free and the lower edge attached almost like
The flesh is white and does not bruise yellow.
The odor and taste are pleasant and mild not like
anise, almonds or phenol like other Agaricus species.
Agaricus bitorquis tends to grow single,
scattered or in groups in hard-packed soil near roads,
sidewalks, playgrounds and other places with disturbed
The spore print is dark chocolate brown.
This is an excellent edible.
Like all choice Agaricus species it is very
versatile and can be used in almost all mushroom recipes
for cultivated mushrooms.
Such recipes, substituting A. bitorquis and other
choice members of Agaricus, are vastly improved as the
wild mushrooms have for more flavor than the
store-bought white buttons.