Eating Amanita muscaria
“‘fly agaric’ is a good edible mushroom if properly prepared. I slice the mushrooms thin and boil them in ample salted water for ten minutes, drain and rinse. (Some recommend a longer boil or two boiling sessions, but this has worked for me.) Then they are sautéed until brown. They won’t make my list of ten favorite mushrooms, but they are quite good and everyone likes them.”
Some of the black and white shots in color… rough outcome…
Newplast, Wire, Oil paint, CPL
Illustrations of knives and a “mushroom shaped tree” found in an 1818 narrative of an expedition up the Congo River in 1816.
(New York Public Library)
Sounds like a Termitomyces - the fruiting bodies can grow up to 1 metre (3 ft) in diameter