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How many people have heard the name of this fungus before, and wondered why it is called the shaggy ink cap?

It's actually quite interesting, if you look at the left hand side of the cap you'll see the reason, it seems to be dripping black ink, it's not really ink, but a peculiarity that this particular fungus possesses.

When it reaches a certain point in its maturity, powerful enzymes get to work and start to liquefy the gills at a very rapid rate.

The fungus is an edible variety, but not one that you're likely to see in the shops, within an hour or so of picking all you'd have left would be a puddle of black goop.

It's rumoured that mushroom lovers take frying pans with them when they go searching for this species, so they can fry it up there and then while they still have a chance to eat it!

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