Lyophyllum decastes

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Lyophyllum decastes (Fr.) Singer 1951

The 'fried Chicken Mushroom’ is considered a ‘choice’ edible, however, some people are allergic to them. It is probably a species complex. Terrestrial saprotroph. Fruits summer and fall. Gray-brown to yellow-brown caps, slightly decurrent white gills and white to brownish stem. Spore print is white. Grows in clusters in woods and in disturbed areas, gravel driveways, paths. Fruits late summer and early fall.

Remove entire clump, throw away any over the hill fruiting bodies. Sauté in butter until golden brown. Good in stews, sauces, soups or on its own.  This is in the Lyophyllaceae family in the Agaricales order of the Basidiomycota.