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synonyms: Keserûgomba, Borsos keserûgomba, Fehértejû keserûgomba, Lactaire poivré, Peppery Milkcap, Pfeffer-Milchling, Vache blanche
Lactarius piperatus 2 Mushroom
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Lactarius piperatus var glaucescens Mushroom
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Lactarius piperatus Mushroom
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: White to cream
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Simple stem
flesh: Flesh exudes white or watery latex (milk) when cut, Flesh granular or brittle
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Lactarius piperatus (Scop. ex Fr.) S. F. Gray. Peppery Milkcap, Lactaire poivré, Vache blanche, Pfeffer-Milchling, Keserûgomba, borsos (fehértejû) keserûgomba, Gepeperde melkzwam. Cap 6–16cm across, convex with concave to widely funnel-shaped centre, creamy white, surface matt and glabrous. Stem 30–70 x 20–30mm, cylindrical or tapering towards the base, white. Flesh thick, white. Gills decurrent, crowded and narrow, white then creamy. Milk white; taste very hot and acrid. Spore print white (A). Spores elongate-elliptic, ornamented as L. vellereus, 6.5-9.5 x 5–7.5µ. Habitat deciduous woods. Season summer to early winter. Frequent. Edible but not recommended -avoid; used dried as seasoning or fresh after parboiling in some places, even then retaining an unpleasant taste and difficult to digest. (Never eat any mushroom until you are certain it is edible as many are poisonous and some are deadly poisonous.) Distribution, America and Europe. Easily distinguished from L. vellereus by its taller stature, glabrous cap and crowded gills.
Comment Lactarius piperatus var. glaucescens (Crossland) Smith & Hesler is easily distinguished by observing the way the latex droplets dry greenish on the gills.
Although in Britain we not eat this mushroom it is eaten in Eastern Europe and Russia. I had an email from Simona Visa in Romania who said they fry or grill it with a little butter and salt and find it delicious. I have also eaten it but I find it far to peppery hot on the tongue.

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Ýsmail Sevimli (Turkey) - 30 October 2014

I found in the oak forest.Very hot.Soak in the salted water,after then cook,but notworth.
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alex ghiculescu (Romania) - 07 June 2014

Found in Romania 2014.
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Zoran Tasovac (Canada) - 10 August 2013

Found August 9th near Ancaster, Ontario.
Lactarius piperatus
Marjan Kustera (Yugoslavia) - 04 May 2011

Photo by Marjan Kustera,SERBIA Very common fungi in Serbia. The people known for centuries. The shepherds have a particular eating fried and grilled with some salt. Although not a quality, older people are still happy to eat in the villages of southern Serbia. Photo taken by Marjan Kustera,SERBIA.
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Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 23 February 2011

Lactarius piperatus
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