Uncommon in the South this tasty mushroom is more frequent in Scotland and Northern Britain.
|Common Names||Saffron Milkcap (EN), Red Pine Mushroom, Cap Llaeth Saffrwm (CY), Mleczaj Rydz (PL), Ízletes Rizike (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Lactarius deliciosus|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||7|
|Average Cap width (CM)||10|
Convex with a depression in the centre when young becoming shallowly funnel-shaped. Salmon pink/orange with darker concentric rings. Green areas especially on aging or bruising.
Gills pale pink/saffron becoming carrot coloured and eventually bruising green. Gills running slightly down the stem and quite crowded.
Orange to salmon pink with darker spots or shallow depressions or pits. Can have green markings.
Orange becoming white towards the centre of the stem. Exudes carrot coloured milk which will turn green after drying.
The False Saffron Milkcap (Lactarius deterrimus), pictured, which is edible but not quite as good as deliciosus.
The Lactarius semisanguifluus is similar but has more red than orange milk.
The Woolly Milkcap (Lactarius torminosus), but this has ‘woolly’ edges to the cap that extend in towards the stem and has off white milk not Carrot coloured.
Pale ochre to pale salmon coloured. Ellipsoid with ridges. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.
Taste / Smell
Good with a crisp texture. Will turn your meal orange.
Uncommon in the South becoming more prevalent the further North you look.