This group of fungi resemble the Agarics in their general shape and size, that is, they have a cap and a stalk. The difference is that instead of gills on the under side of the cap they have a spongy layer of pores or tubes which are closely packed together, (just like a sponge).
The spores are carried inside these tubes. This layer usually peals away easily from the cap. Some species of this family are edible and delicious but I have not tasted any myself yet
The stalk had a
purplish tinge which gave it a striking appearance.
Different people react differently to different mushrooms.
NEVER eat a wild mushroom without being 100% sure it is safe to do so.
6 Feb 2007