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Common Yellow Russula


Common Yellow Russula, Russula ochroleuca.
Common Yellow Russula, Russula ochroleuca.
Common Yellow Russula, Russula ochroleuca.
Common Yellow Russula, Russula ochroleuca.
Common Yellow Russula, Russula ochroleuca.
Common Yellow Russula, Russula ochroleuca.
Common Yellow Russula, Russula ochroleuca.
Common Yellow Russula, Russula ochroleuca.
Common Yellow Russula, Russula ochroleuca.
Common Yellow Russula, Russula ochroleuca.


Mushroom Type Edible
   
Common Name 2 Yellow Brittlegill
Latin Name Russula ochroleuca
   
Season Start August
Season End November
   
Maximum height (CM) 8
Maximum width (CM) 10
   
Smell Faint.
Gills White/cream coloured, fairly crowded and brittle when handled.
Spore Print White/cream, broadly ovoid.
Stem White becoming off white/ grey with age. Should snap a bit like chalk.
Cap Yellow, light tan coloured. Starting convex, flattening with a depression in the middle.
Flesh White.
Habitat Mixed woodland.
Taste Slightly hot or peppery when raw.
Possible Confusion Other Russulas. As long as the cap is yellow you are fairly safe with Russulas with one important exception, The Geranium Scented Russula which is paler yellow, smells of geraniums and is poisonous, the smell is the best identification of this fungi. Another test for Russulas is the taste test, if a tiny amount placed on the tongue and chewed a burn like chilli means the mushroom is poisonous, a pleasant mushroomy taste means it is edible. The peppery taste of this mushroom is mild and not like chilli. This test should only be attempted when you are certain you have a mushroom from the Russula family.
Description Very common and well worth putting in the pot although some books belittle this mushroom.
The Russula family split from other mushrooms, evolutionarily, many years ago and have round cells instead of most other mushrooms which have elongated cells, this gives Russulas the common name Brittlegills as the cells make the mushroom brittle.