Please, please tell me, can I eat these? Does anyone know?
In May and now in the very beginning of June we have had a fantastic amount of rain the creeks are all flowing and the dams are filling up. All this rain has been followed by beautifully clear and sunny wintery days. Rain + Sun = Mushrooms.
These enormous examples were found growing in a grassy area near Callitris Pines (an Australian native pine). An area where cattle graze but similar ones can be found popping up all over the place round the property.
These ones are probably past their prime as they seem to have attracted the attention of some insects but they look like ordinary mushrooms to me at least.
(Will you look at my hands! They have taken some punishment since moving to the bush - dry, red cracked, dirty...)
On consulting Cribb and Cribb's, Wild Food In Australia, they seem to match the description of Agaricus campestrus - the common Field Mushroom.
There must be someone out there who picks field mushrooms that can help? Can you easily identify wild mushrooms?