The amanitas include some of the most showy representatives of the Agaricineae or mushroom order of fungi.
This grows under oaks, in clusters - a most unusual character for the mushroom, and is said to be excellent for the table.
arvensis, is probably a variety of the pasture mushroom; it grows in rings in woody places and under trees and hedges in meadows; it has a large scaly round cap, and the flesh quickly changes to buff or brown when cut or broken; the stem too is hollow.
Star dishesat my local restaurant include the mushroom napoleon, red snapper with a semolina crust, and braised lamb shank.
The common mushroom (Agaricus campestris) is propagated by spores, the fine black dust seen to be thrown off when a mature specimen is laid on white paper or a white dish; these give rise to what is known as the "spawn" or mycelium, which consists of whitish threads permeating dried dung or similar substances, and which, when planted in a proper medium, runs through the mass, and eventually develops the fructification known as the mushroom.