by Michael W. Beug Email: beugm@evergreen.edu
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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Slide 60.
Lactarius scrobiculatus has white milk that soon turns a distinctive yellow and has a very acrid taste. One researcher who nibbled a piece of the cap of Lactarius scrobiculatus developed a numbness of the mouth and throat that lasted for about an hour. If eaten raw, the acrid species are very irritating to the gastrointestinal tract. However, they are commonly eaten in Eastern Europe where they are often pickled. They are also boiled, the water discarded, and then are thoroughly cooked. Even when pickled or thoroughly cooked, some people suffer gastrointestinal distress. Sesquiterpines similar to those found in toxic Omphalotus species have been identified in several toxic Lactarius species.
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