Common and available before many other species are out, this is a good eating mushroom but must be cooked before consumption. Great care should be taken identifying this fungi.
|Common Names||The Blusher|
|Scientific Name||Amanita rubescens|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||15|
|Average Cap width (CM)||15|
Flesh coloured to light brown to a darker red/brown sometimes with a yellow flush and covered in off-white to grey scales. Spherical to convex to flat.
The skirt is an important identification tool as the top has fine grooves or striations running from the stem out.
Young Blushers have an obvious volva but as the mushroom matures the bottom of the stem is bulbous rather than volva like.
Can be confused with the deadly Panthercap (Amanita pantherina), pictured. The main difference is that the Blusher has lines or striations on its skirt running from the stem out, the Panthercap skirt is smooth. Other differences are the Blusher has a lighter cap, the scales on the cap are off-white to grey rather than white, the Blusher stem is bulbous at the bottom the Panthercap growing from a volval sack and has a rim or ‘gutter’ at the top of the volva and finally, the Blusher ‘blushes’ red when damaged or exposed to air.
The Grey Spotted Amanita, Amanita excelsa, but this is an edible mushroom.
Care should be taken when identifying Amanitas.
Taste / Smell
Faint then becoming slightly acrid. Must be well cooked before eating as it contains a toxin that is destroyed when heated.