We found this amazing cluster of mushrooms growing under the blackberry vines yesterday when we were doing some late fall garden clean-up. They’re beautiful, a little work of art. Not only do they look amazing but they smell incredible. They had an intense earthy, woodsy smell that makes you want to run in the kitchen and put some butter in a saute pan.
I tried to identify them by scouring hundreds of pictures of mushrooms on the web but there are just too many varieties that look alike. Could they be xeruia furfuracea or hygrocybe laeta? I really couldn’t tell if they were safe to eat or not, so I turned off the fire under the saute pan and took some pictures instead. If you can identify these, let me know.