Happy st George's day! What would be a better day to celebrate today than looking for one of kings of spring mushrooms, Calocybe gambosa. This is known in England as St George's mushroom due to its habit of appearing on St George' day and onwards. Thou, I honestly found mine last week. In Italy this mushroom is known as Marzolino since it grows in March, and in Russia and Germany unsurprisingly it is called the May mushroom!
White-cream colour in cap, its gills are crowded and sinuate (slightly concave by the stem). But the mushroom's distinctive feature is its mealy smell, somehow similar to the smell of cucumber or wet flour. I found the specimens in the pic growing in a a crazily big circle, of a diameter of at least 3 or even 4 meters, under a conifer. Next to a sports center! It likes to grow on mown roadside verges near to hedges, or on wood sides.
St George' s mushroom is a good edible, and due to its spring growing habit, it is a relatively safe mushroom to forage . There aren't many mushrooms around now, so there isn't much that you can confuse this shroom with. However, books report that Calocybe gambosa can be possibly confused with Inocybe erubescens because it grows in similar habitat (when it grows on wood edges) and can be whiteish when young. But the Inocybe's gills stains red when bruised, and it has a fibrous cap (it is a fibercap after all!) so it cannot be mistaken for a a st George's.