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Ink cap

Coprinopsis atramentaria

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A Fungi often found on grass fields and lawns. It releases black spores and when damaged (e.g. when picked or cut or cooked) and have a black secretion which was used as ink. A powerful mushroom as it has been known to burst through asphalt and even to lift the corners of paving stones where its mycelium has been covered over during the winter months.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Pick Inky Caps as they appear during months between autumn and spring and use immediatly. To turn them into ink, place the mushroom onto a saucer and store at room temperature for a few days ... the mushroom disintegrates and become ink. If you want to keep the ink, pour it into a bottle and add a preservative, one part of formalin to twenty of the ink.

Propagation

Seed
Seed is known as spores. Growing kits with mycelium can be ordered from reputable distributors. Spread over soil rich with compost(dead material) or use an organic sterile medium provided by mushroom growers.

Special features

Wet sites
Saprobic plant, so feeds on moist dead material aiding in breaking it down.

Geography

Origin
Europe, Asia and America, but also found in Australia and South Africa.
Natural climate
Cold and Temperate sones

Environment

Light
Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Liquid is released from the mushrooms when they are heated. Fry in butter and add salt and pepper.

Personality

Family
Psathyrellaceae
Flower colour
Light brown with grey overtones
Scent
Mild

Problems

No known pests and diseases

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