Fairy Ring Mushroom

Mushroom Of The Week

The Fairy Ring mushroom is delightfully named, evoking childhood legends of elves and fairies dancing around a ring of mushrooms.  They often grow in a circular pattern called fairy rings which were believed to be the place where dragons rested (Austria) or where the devil churned his milk (Holland) or where bisons danced (Native Americans). 

The species we are concerned with here is also known as the Scotch Bonnet, the Clover Windling (don't the British have cute little names?) and the Mousseron, but its true Latin name is Marasmius oreades.