Coprinellus micaceus – Mica caps

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Mica caps (Coprinellus micaceus) are a common saprobic mushroom found growing in clusters on wood debris and stumps.
Mica caps fruit spring to autumn throughout North America and Europe. They can be identified by their brown caps which are coated with mica-like granules. The caps become inky when they start to release spores.
Mica caps are edible when they are found before turning black. The mushroom must be cooked within 2 hours of picking or it will liquify into a black goo.
Mica caps are delicate and have a mild flavor. They have been shown to be high in potassium and have the ability to decrease blood sugar and inhibit the growth of tumors.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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