Introduction to Fall Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email:
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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Lactarius luculentus var. laetus is one of a host of orange-capped Lactarius species. If you wish to eat a Lactarius species, take a nibble out of the cap of a raw specimen, chew and then spit it out. If your mouth immediately or slowly seems to catch fire, you have a mushroom that should not be cooked and eaten unless you wish to chance gastrointestinal distress. If the mushroom is mild, collect it for the table if you are so inclined. Be cautious with this taste test. Some species are so hot that they will blister your mouth and if you swallow the raw mushroom gastrointestinal distress will not be far behind. The heat and some but not necessarily all of the ability to cause distress is lost upon cooking.

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