I was just heading off for Bok's first walk of the day, when I spotted these fabulous twin Parasol Mushrooms growing by the side of the drive.
I think I say every year that these are one of the easiest identifiable mushrooms around; also one of the most delicious.
These particular ones are about 11 inches tall, and as you can see they have a very distinctive ring around the upper part of the stem. Difficult to confuse with any other.
If you are lucky enough to find some, throw away the stems, clean with a damp sponge, tear the caps into quarters, and fry in olive oil with a tiny sprinkling of salt.
A very meaty mushroom; we had them for lunch yesterday, and they were bloody marvellous.