The Parasol Mushroom (Lepiota Procera) is one of the best and tastiest wild mushrooms around. When young it resembles a drumstick but opens up as it matures to form its characteristic parasol shape. They can be found in drier parts of deciduous woods, in open fields, gardens and hedgerows.
Parasol mushrooms are found from mid summer through autumn and are best eaten young as they do not preserve well. A traditional way of preparing them is in a batter (often containing beer) and deep fried. Alternatively, open parasol mushrooms can be coated in beaten egg and breadcrumbed (yum).