One of the best tasting Russulas but to identify it you need to know the family as it doesn’t have the brittle gills typical of the other Russulas.
|Common Names||Charcoal Burner (EN), Tegyll Brau Dulas (CY), Gołąbek Zielonawofioletowy (PL), Kékhátú Galambgomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Russula cyanoxantha|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||11|
|Average Cap width (CM)||15|
Convex to flattening with a depression in the centre. The colour can vary considerably being olive, brown, wine, grey, purple or even yellowish. Greasy when wet.
Mixed and broad leaved woodland particularly beech. Said to grow in troops but I have only found individual mushrooms.
Other Russulas but these have brittle gills rather than the charcoal burners flexible ones.
The stems of other Russulas stain salmon pink when rubbed with iron salts whereas the burner stains slightly green.
White to pale cream. Broadly ellipsoid.
Taste / Smell
Good, mild and nutty.