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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 (EN), Red Pine Mushroom, Cap Llaeth Saffrwm (CY), Mleczaj Rydz (PL), Ízletes Rizike (HU)
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.


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.


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


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.


Growing under pines.

Possible Confusion

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.

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.


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


11 comments for Saffron Milkcap

  1. kevin frost says:

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

    1. Kevin says:

      A hollow stem is synonymous with the false Saffron milk cap,still edible but not as tasty.

  2. panagiotis chatzellis says:

    Hi guys,2 years ago i found some close to Yeovil, does anyone know if someone find it around Tiverton please??

    Best Regards

  3. Kasia Licwinko says:

    We have found some in Church Crookham today (near Aldershot, Hampshire).

    1. Kee says:

      Yes I found some near the woods around the Motorcycle Training Centre Aldershot too.

    2. Brian says:

      I’ve been finding loads over the past few days in the same area as you guys. Always under pine.

  4. Chris says:

    I found 2 of these yesterday in Kent in my garden under my pine tree, both large but one the size of a dinner plate.

  5. Maria Jesus Barbera Tomas says:

    Kilos and kilos around Inverness

  6. Ken says:

    Found a load all around a pine tree in South Wales. Approx 2.5 away from center of tree in a complete circle. Young and old. 3pm 19th October.

  7. Stuart says:

    I found an abundance of these beauties yesterday while I was out foraging. Pine plantation behind sand dunes. East coast of Scotland. Deliciosus!!

  8. Kay Cain says:

    found in Box Hill Surrey.

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