Entry from US English dictionary
A widely distributed mushroom with a tall, narrow cap and slender white stem, turning into a black liquid after the spores are shed.
- Genus Coprinus, family Coprinaceae, class Hymenomycetes: several species, including the common ink cap (C. atramentarius) . See also shaggy mane
- In earlier times - the days of quill pens - people actually used the black liquid from inky caps as ink.
- The inky caps are more fragile and they break apart in the oil, disintegrating in the heat of the pan.
- The shaggy mane is the best of the inky caps, with a clear yet delicate flavor, and the texture of fish.
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