Phallus impudicus, or common stinkhorn (right)
…is recognizable by its foul odor and its phallic shape when mature. It is a common mushroom in Europe and western North America, where it occurs in habitats rich in wood debris such as forests and mulched gardens. The fruiting body is tall and white with a slimy, dark olive coloured conical head.This material contains the spores. It is transported by insects which are attracted by the odor. Despite its foul smell, it is not poisonous. It matures in an egg-like capsule known as a “witch’s egg”. These eggs are edible and taste great when sliced and fried with a little butter, salt, and pepper.