Pholiota adiposa

Common Names: Chestnut mushroom, cinnamon cap, fatty Pholiota
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Pholiota

It is a gilled fungus with a sticky, rust-brown colored cap, 3 to 5 inches in diameter, gently rounded, with fine scales. The gills are at first pale yellow but become dark brown when the spores are produced. Spore print is cinnamon brown or rusty brown. The stems are curved, scaly, and more or less buff or tan colored. Found in late fall. It is found in Europe, where it grows both saprophytically and as a weak parasite on living and dead stems of European beech trees. This is not a mushroom you are likely going to find growing in Connecticut however it has been recently cultivated and found for sale in supermarkets.

Edible Notes: A newly cultivated mushroom that is starting to find its way onto the shelves of markets in Connecticut. It is edible, reported to have a fairly strong, chestnut-like flavor, that best pairs well with red meats.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.