What looks like glass, the small mushroom gets its unique and intense green color palette as part of its oozy phase during the fruiting stage. It later turns yellowish and even pink.
Parrot Waxcap location
The distinctive Parrot waxcap appears in small pockets across Britain and Ireland, particularly in undernourished grass fields during the summer and fall.
Can you eat Parrot Waxcap Mushroom?
While the Parrot Waxcap fungi are edible, they taste slimy and are unlikely to add flavor to your food. Experts do not classify the Parrot Waxcap as a hallucinogenic mushroom, and no widely recognized reports confirm that it contains psychoactive substances. That being said, below are the four species of waxcaps recommended for eating.
Four Species of Waxcaps Recommended for Eating
Species Name Scientific Name Notes and Warnings Meadow Waxcaps Cuphophyllus pratensis (formerly Hygrocybe pratensis) Recommended for culinary purposes. Crimson Waxcaps H. punicea Safe to consume. Snowy Waxcaps Cuphophyllus virgineus Common but stress caution, similar to poisonous clitocybe species like fool’s funnel (c.rivulosa) and c.dealbata. Scarlet Hood H. coccinea Reasonably tasty but too scarce for regular consumption.
|Species Name||Scientific Name||Notes and Warnings|
|Meadow Waxcaps||Cuphophyllus pratensis (formerly Hygrocybe pratensis)||Recommended for culinary purposes.|
|Crimson Waxcaps||H. punicea||Safe to consume.|
|Snowy Waxcaps||Cuphophyllus virgineus||Common but stress caution, similar to poisonous clitocybe species like fool’s funnel (c.rivulosa) and c.dealbata.|
|Scarlet Hood||H. coccinea||Reasonably tasty but too scarce for regular consumption.|
If you’re lucky enough to spot these bright green slick beauties, consider leaving them alone in their glistening glory and photographing them instead.