Saffron Milk Caps

I was lucky enough to find some saffron milk caps (lactarius deliciosus) near our home this week. Remembering them fondly from my brief mushroom foray  last year, I was excited to pick a few - the first and most likely the last for this year, due to the cold weather. Many had already been found by bugs, so the pickings were scarce, although still enough for a small basket for dinner.
Young, fresh and unblemished
The slight greenish tinge is some oxidation of the 'milk' or juice/sap. Although frightening to look at, they are safe to eat.
Found growing in the presence of pine trees, they can sometimes be difficult to spot:
..and other times a little easier:

They have a characteristic 'giraffe' like pattern on their stem, which makes them difficult to confuse with other species. Good for us, the spontaneous foragers!

Enough for dinner, which is fine by me.
These guys made their way into a hearty beef stroganoff, however they are just as tasty fried up in a little olive oil and garlic and served while still steaming hot. Delicioso. Lactarius Delicioso!

**Please, please never ever pick and eat wild mushrooms unless you are are certain or are with someone who is certain exactly what variety is in front of you! Remember, no identification, no picking!!**

Comments

  1. Oooh Chris, you're so brave! I have no idea which mushrooms are which, and I'd be terrified of eating any I'd found. Too much of a city girl...hahaha

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  2. Wish we lived closer, I would love a mushroom spotting companion.

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  3. Ooh, how interesting and delicious!

    dixiebelle

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  4. I've never picked wild mushrooms due to not knowing if they are safe to eat or not! Lucky for you and your family that you do know!! They look delicious and there is nothing better than a hearty stroganoff!

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  5. Christine I remember when you posted about doing that workshop. You are definitely more game than I would be. "You take the first bite...NO, you take the first bite! No, no, I insist!..." (something like that anyway.)
    Enjoy your 'shrooms.
    xx

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  6. It is a tradition in my country (Spain)to spend a whole autum morning in the mountains collecting this sort of wild mushroom. We call them "rovellons". They are very very expensive if you try to buy them and dificult to find if you collect them yourself but so much appreciated than it's worth the effort.
    It's been a wonderful surprise that this delicatessen are also known and enjoyed so far from our home. My best wishes to you!!!!!!!

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  7. Wow, I have never seen these mushrooms before ...unless I just haven't looked hard enough. We using just get plain field mushrooms here.
    Are they a mushroom that grows in a warmer climate?
    Kim
    http://thelittleblackcowblog.blogspot.com

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  8. I know this has nothing to do with your latest blog but I need help Cuz.
    I have just planted a small herb garden on my balcony. I have Chives, Basil, Parsley and Rosemary. I brought the seeds from the Eden Project (Look it up - you will love it). Just need to know about TLC for them. I have used potting mix from the garden shop here but how often do I water them, how much sunlight do they need as atm it is sunshine all the time and for 16 hours or more per day. I'm a gardening idiot of course so any help would be great. Kylie xo

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  9. Tee hee, Celia. It was a tense moment when we took the first bite of foraged mushrooms last year...but we are still here - so glad about that!

    Having a knowing companion is the only way, Tanya. Makes it much less stressful!

    They are very interesting, dixiebelle - so fascinating to look at!

    Spot on, Sharon, stroganoffs are a big comfort food at the mome. The best way to get started is to do a one day workshop through a local neighbourhood house with a mushroom 'expert'.

    Haha, it went a little like that the very first time, Brydie. Hubby was most suspicious!!

    Hello Rachel! How absolutely fascinating, thankyou for sharing your experiences - it's so good to know that you are enjoying them too :)

    Hmmm, not really sure about them being a warmer climate mushy, Kim. We are in a cool zone near a mountain and they thrive here. They grow at the base of pine trees (often in the presence of Amanita Muscarias) and love popping up after some warm weather and rain in Autumn. Too cold for them now, though :(

    Ahh, Kylie, nice work! I'll email you!

    Excellent, quinn! ;)

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  10. Makes me want to go hunting on the off chance that we find some .... lots of old ones that no one ate last time we went hunting . good excuse for a beautiful walk amongst the pines - so many mushrooms popping up in the garden at the moment.

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  11. A day like today would be perfect for a walk through the pines. Some of my relatives had luck finding some over the weekend, close to my parents house. Isn't it fun to see different varieties popping up in the garden!

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  12. well i ve just bought4 packs of lactarius deliciosus mycelium and i am really interested in producing those mushrooms.if anyone knows any place where i can buy more packs or any methos of cultivating let me know.myemail is bio_tomy@yahoo.gr

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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