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Cyclocybe Aegerita

Common Names: Velvet Pioppino, Black Poplar Mushroom, Yanagi-Matsutake









Cyclocybe aegerita, commonly known as Velvet Pioppino, Agrocybe aegerita, or the Swordbelt Agrocybe, is a cherished edible mushroom species noted for its robust flavor and versatile culinary applications. This mushroom typically thrives in temperate regions, growing in clusters on the stumps and roots of hardwood trees, especially poplars and willows, which contributes to its common name. Visually, Cyclocybe aegerita presents a compelling appearance with a smooth, convex cap that ranges in color from light brown to a rich, dark brown as it matures. The cap spans approximately 5 to 15 cm in diameter and sits atop a sturdy, elongated stem, giving it an elegant stature. The gills underneath the cap are closely spaced and change from light gray to a darker brown as the mushroom ages. In the kitchen, Velvet Pioppino is highly prized for its firm, meaty texture and a distinct nutty flavor, often described as having a mild taste of hazelnuts. It is particularly popular in European cuisines, where it is sautéed, grilled, or used as an enriching agent in soups, stews, and risottos. Its ability to retain texture upon cooking makes it a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike.



Cyclocybe aegerita has a mild flavor that is not overpowering, making it a versatile culinary mushroom.



Cyclocybe aegerita has a firm texture that holds up well to cooking.



Cyclocybe aegerita has a rich, earthy aroma that is characteristic of many edible mushrooms.

Physical Characteristics


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Look Alike Species

look alike species


Galerina marginata



Differences:alerina marginata is a deadly poisonous mushroom that contains the same toxins as the death cap. It is typically smaller than Cyclocybe aegerita, and its gills are more rusty-brown compared to the white to cream gills of Cyclocybe aegerita.


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