Fenugreek Milkcap

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

The Fenugreek Milkcap is a poisonous mushroom but due to it’s strong fenugreek or stock cube smell and taste has been used in some countries after thorough boiling, drying and powdering then used sparingly as a seasoning. Easy to identify as it is the only UK Milkcap with completely clear latex or milk.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Fenugreek Milkcap
Scientific Name Lactarius helvus
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 5-12
Average Cap width (CM) 5-12
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Pale brown, ochre to pinkish brown with darker markings. Starting convex, flattening out with a slightly depressed centre, sometimes with a small umbo. Slightly velvety to touch. The edge starts in-rolled and never quite opens out fully.

Gills

Pale tan to ochre. The gills are decurrent and produce clear latex.

Milk

The latex or milk is clear. It is the only UK Milkcap with completely clear latex, there are a few more but their latex, though clear is still a bit milky.

Stem

Off white to red/brown, usually a little paler than the cap colour. Smooth.

Flesh

Off white, can be hollow in the stem.

Habitat

In sphagnum moss with pine and beech.

Possible Confusion

Other Milkcaps but with almost completely clear latex and it’s habitat, it would hard to confuse with any other.

Taste / Smell

Smells of fenugreek/curry or stock cubes. Only really smells when dry or drying. 

Frequency

Uncommon, mainly found in Scotland.

Spores

Off white with a slight salmon hue. Ellipsoid with warts joined by thin ridges.

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