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Do not eat any fungi that has not been properly identified by a qualified professional, some are DEADLY when ingested. All edible wild fungi MUST be cooked.
This is a mushroom that when reaches maturation, it can be spotted easily due to its vase-shape. The delicious lactarius is also referred to as the saffron milkcap and is one of the best known members of the large milkcap genus Lactarius in the order Russulales. It is found in many locations throughout Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. It is a favorite go-to mushroom in Spain and in Siberia. It also grows in Australia, Chile and Argentina.
Lactarius deliciosus mushrooms are orange and they bruise green. Sometimes there are hints of yellow on these as well. The caps are 6 to 15 cm across; convex becoming centrally depressed and vase-shaped. They have a somewhat granular surface that becomes sticky when wet. The flesh is primarily orange, when cut it yields an orange latex that soon turns green. Young caps have in-rolled margins and are pinkish-orange.
On average, the stipe (stem) grow up to 7cm (about 3”) tall and can be up to 2cm (1/2”) wide. It is equal to sometimes tapered at the base, orange, dry, occasionally with flattened pits, bruising and staining green with age. They are the same color as the cap or a bit paler. There is no veil.
This lactarius grows from the ground in forests. They grow either individually or scattered to gregarious under conifers.
The spore print color is cream to buff.
Depending on geographical location, these fruit anywhere from late summer all the way into mid-winter.
The gills of this lactarius are shortly decurrent, crowded and bright orange, staining green when bruised. When cut, the gills release a reddish to orange latex.
Although these are edible eat a very small amount in the beginning as some people have reported getting minor stomach aches after consuming. |They are good if cooked properly. Lactarius deliciosus requires long, slow cooking to eliminate the grainy texture and slightly bitter flavor. They are also good grilled. High consumption of Lactarius deliciosus could cause the urine to discolour to orange/red.
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