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.
|Common Names||Fenugreek Milkcap (EN), Cap Llaeth Dwn (CY), Mleczaj Płowy (PL), Daróc-Tejelőgomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Lactarius helvus|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||5-12|
|Average Cap width (CM)||5-12|
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.
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.
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.
Uncommon, mainly found in Scotland.
Off white with a slight salmon hue. Ellipsoid with warts joined by thin ridges.