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Ochre Brittlegill

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Very common and well worth putting in the pot although some books belittle this mushroom.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Ochre Brittlegill (EN), Common Yellow Russula, Yellow Brittlegill, Tegyll Brau Melyn (CY), Gołąbek Brudnożółty (PL), Fakósárga Galambgomba (HU)
Scientific Name Russula ochroleuca
Synonyms Russula citrina
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


Yellow, light tan coloured. Starting convex, flattening with a depression in the middle.


Gills white/cream coloured, fairly crowded and brittle when handled.


White becoming off white/ grey with age. Should snap a bit like chalk.




Mixed woodland.

Possible Confusion

Other Russulas. As long as the cap is yellow you are fairly safe with Russulas with one important exception, The Geranium Brittlegill (Russula fellea), pictured, 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.

Spore Print

White/cream. Broadly ovoid.

Taste / Smell

Slightly hot or peppery when raw.


Very common.

Other Facts

The Russula family split from other mushrooms, evolutionarily, many years ago and have round cells instead of most other living organisms which have elongated cells, this gives Russulas the common name Brittlegills as the cells make the mushroom brittle.


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