Witch’s Egg - Food and Drink

The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Complete A-Z for the Entire Magical World - Judika Illes 2005

Witch’s Egg
Food and Drink

Although the individual kitchen witch’s egg might be fried, boiled or scrambled, “witch’s egg” is a nickname for several types of fungus. Some types of mushroom have what is called a “universal veil,” a tissue covering that serves to protect the immature mushroom, which makes it look something like an egg. The universal veil is, ultimately, ruptured by the expanding mushroom and either disappears altogether or leaves behind “warts” on the mushroom cap. Among the mushrooms displaying a universal veil are many amanitas and stinkhorns.

The following fungi bear the nickname “witch’s egg”:

Image Amanita muscaria, also known as Fly Agaric, is deadly poisonous and not to be played with. It is intrinsically linked to shamanism and witchcraft and is a symbol of good luck. Further information on this witch’s egg is found in BOTANICALS: Amanita muscaria.

Image Elaphomyces granulatus, also known as Deer Truffle, has long been considered an aphrodisiac. It is a component of love potions and burned as incense. The deer truffle, technically a “false truffle,” matures underground and is not considered an edible delicacy, but is beloved by deer and wild boar. There is debate regarding whether it is poisonous. This witch’s egg also has a reputation as a galactagogue, a substance that stimulates women’s milk supply.

Image Phallus impudicus, also known as Stinkhorn, is a member of the mushroom family whose Latin name indicates that they closely resemble penises. The tip of phallus impudicus is covered with a foulsmelling, spore-laden slime, hence the name “stinkhorn.” Some consider them delicacies. Phallus impudicus (and other stinkhorns) emerge from Earth from what appears to be an egg. This witch’s egg has traditionally been used in aphrodisiacs and love spells, and to induce abortions.