Lyophyllum decastes

The Fried Chicken mushroom does not taste like fried chicken. Why the name? Who knows. It has a mild flavor and grows in abundance making it popular. It can be found in clumps of up to 100 individual mushrooms. The Fried Chicken mushroom is usually found in disturbed ground along roads and paths. This mushroom is medium in size with a slightly soapy feel to the dark brown to tan colored cap. The gills and stalks, around 1/2 inch thick, are white and joined at the base forming clusters. They are not found individually.