The stem or stipe is 7-13cm long which thickens to a bulbous base with distinct volva. This mushroom is edible but does not taste great. The cap should be peeled off to remove slimy covering before cooking. Eating this mushroom is not advisable. Compare carefully with Destroying Angel, as it looks similar and is extremely dangerous. To differentiate, the Volvariella does not have a veil or ring on its stem. The Destroying Angel is stark white. The V.speciosa gives off a pink spore print and its gills are pink when mature.