I popped out briefly this morning to see if any 'girolles' were up (they won't be long), and was amazed to find one of my favourite AUTUMN mushrooms; a Parasol.
Lepiota procera, more commonly known as The Parasol Mushroom, is probably the easiest of all mushrooms to recognise. It stands about 30 cms tall, and has a cap of 25 cms wide when fully open. Personally I don't eat the stems, and always try to collect them when they are still younger than the one above, when the Italians refer to them as 'Mazza di Tamburo'; drumsticks.
Fried in olive oil with a light sprinkle of sea salt, they are simply delicious. But as I have only one, I shall make a lunchtime omelette, with parsley and garlic.