Introduction to Fall Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
Russula is a very large and challenging genus characterized by mushrooms that do not exude latex when cut but with a brittle flesh and a white to pastel colored spore-print. As with Lactarius, some members are peppery hot when tasted raw and should not be consumed for the table. Some collections of Russula xerampelina are bright red like this species, but they are not fiery hot like this one. This is Russula emetica, a rare species in North America, though there are many other bright red fiery hot look-alikes around. None should be eaten raw. All loose their fire when cooked but not necessarily their ability to cause gastric distress.