Yellow Swamp Russula / Summer / Autumn / Edible
Wet boggy ground in mixed woodland, particularly with birch.
A bright yellow mushroom often shiny on the top that is found in very wet woodland. It is deemed on of the best eating Russula’s with a nutty flavour and a pepper bite simillar to that of rocket.
Identifying Features for Yellow Swamp Brittlegill:
Bright egg yellow and usually shiny. Very sticky to the touch.
White and not tapering. Should snap like a piece of chalk.
Gills white and is attached to the stem. Crowded. Bruising grey. Brittle to the touch. Adnexed and sometimes free.
indistinctive Mushroom smell
Ocher to cream
A good fleshy eating mushroom
Good to eat with a slight peppery heat and nutty flavour.
found from July until November in boggy woodland .
Russula ochroleuca, but this is edible, if a bit acrid, and has a duller yellow cap.
The Geranium Scented Russula (R.fellea) is grubbier yellow with a smell of geraniums and is incredibly hot when placed on the tongue.
Follow the four step Russula identification process:
-Snap – Does the stem snap like a piece of chalk?
-Flick – Do the gills break when you flick them gently?
-Peel – Does the skin on the cap peel away?
-Taste– this should only be done when you have gone through the other steps and are confident that you have a Russula. If a tiny amount placed on the tongue a chilli like burn or tingle means the mushroom is poisonous but a pleasant mushroomy taste means it is edible.