False Saffron Milkcap / Summer / Autumn / Edible
The False Saffron Milkcap Mushroom is the one thing that is often confused with the Saffron Milkcap Mushroom, not to worry though, they’re both edible 🙂
Found growing with coniferous trees, especially Spruces and Pines.
Lactarius deterrimus is a large milkcap with carrot-coloured gills and greenish tints as it matures. A distinctive feature is the latex (‘milk) exuded from cut or torn gills, which changes from carrot-orange to dark red as it dries.
Identifying Features for False Saffron Milkcap:
Orange with concentric darker or lighter lines with green patches. Starting convex but soon developing a depression in the middle and becoming ‘funnel’shaped.
Orange and smooth unlike the pitted stem of the Saffron Milkcap.
Orange and slightly subdecurrent, fairly crowded and bruising green.
The milk is bright orange, turning to blood red after sometime then eventually turns green.
Edibility of The False Saffron Milkcap
an excellent cooking mushroom. not as good as the true Saffron Milkcap but still an brilliant addition to dishes that require mushrooms. excellent in cream pasta sauces as it dyes the cream bright orange.
Found August to November in coniferous woodland.
Could be confused with the poisonous Woolly Milkcap.
Could be confused with the true Saffron Milkcap but the Saffron Milkcap has pits on the stem unlike the False Saffron Milkcap. Could also be confused with the poisonous Woolly Milkcap.