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Curry Scented Milkcap

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A fairly easy to identify milkcap that can grow in large numbers, a few look similar but with it’s clear milk with cloudy bits and the eventual smell of curry you can be sure you have found the correct mushroom.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Curry Scented Milkcap, Curry Milkcap
Scientific Name Lactarius camphoratus
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 9
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Dark red to brown with edges that curl over slightly until the cap flattens out. The middle can be darker with a central depression and a persistent umbo.

Gills

Pinkish off white to tan darkening with age, slightly decurrent and fairly crowded.

Milk

The milk is clear with cloudy bits and does not change colour when dry. When tasting the milk it should be mild or possibly a bit sweet, not bitter or acrid.

Stem

Similar in colour to the cap darkening towards the base and very brittle.

Flesh

Similar to the cap colour with white marks, can be hollow.

Habitat

Mainly with pines and other coniferous trees but can be found in deciduous woodland growing with birch.

Possible Confusion

Other Milkcaps but with the milk being clear with cloudy bits and the eventual smell of curry you should avoid confusion.

Spore Print

Cream coloured. Subglobose.

Taste / Smell

Fairly indistinctive until drying when it develops the smell of curry, fenugreek or camphor.

Frequency

Common.

Other Facts

The Curry Scented Milkcap can be eaten as a mushroom but is usually dried and used as a flavouring.

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