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Saffron Milkcap

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Uncommon in the South this tasty mushroom is more frequent in Scotland and Northern Britain.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Saffron Milkcap, Red Pine Mushroom
Scientific Name Lactarius deliciosus
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 7
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

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

Gills pale pink/saffron becoming carrot coloured and eventually bruising green. Gills running slightly down the stem and quite crowded.

Milk

Can exude carrot coloured milk which will also turn green on drying.

Stem

Orange to salmon pink with darker spots or shallow depressions or pits. Can have green markings.

Flesh

Orange becoming white towards the centre of the stem. Exudes carrot coloured milk which will turn green after drying.

Habitat

Growing under pines.

Possible Confusion

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.

Spore Print

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.

Frequency

Uncommon in the South becoming more prevalent the further North you look.

COMMENTS

1 comment for Saffron Milkcap

  1. kevin frost says:

    found some in bracknell (stem almost hollow from maggots) berkshire far south of scotland 🙂

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