Fragrant hygrophorus (Hygrophorus agathosmus)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
- Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
- Family: Hygrophoraceae (Hygrophoric)
- Genus: Hygrophorus (Gigrofor)
- Species: Hygrophorus agathosmus (Fragrant Gigrofor)
- Other names for the mushroom:
- Fragrant gigrofor
Hat: The diameter of the cap is 3-7 cm. At first, the cap has a convex shape, then it becomes flat with a protruding tubercle in the center. The skin of the cap is slimy, smooth. The surface is grayish, olive-gray or yellow-gray. At the edges of the hat is a lighter shade. The edges of the cap remain concave inward for a long time.
Plates: soft, thick, not frequent, sometimes fork-shaped. At a young age, the plates are adherent, then they become descending. Young mushrooms have white plates, then turn dirty gray.
Leg: Leg height up to 7 cm. Diameter – up to 1 cm. The cylindrical leg thickens at the base, sometimes flattened. The leg is grayish or grayish-brown in color. The surface of the leg is covered with small flake-like scales.
Flesh: soft, white. In rainy weather, the pulp becomes loose and watery. Has a distinct almond scent and sweet taste. In rainy weather, a group of mushrooms spreads such a strong smell that it can be felt several meters before the place of growth.
Spore powder: white.
Fragrant hygrophorus (higrophorus agathosmus) is found in mossy, damp places, in spruce forests. Prefers mountainous areas. Fruiting time: summer-autumn.
The fungus is practically unknown. It is eaten salty, pickled and fresh.
Fragrant hygrophorus (higrophorus agathosmus) differs from other species in its strong almond smell. There is a similar mushroom, but its smell is more like caramel, and this species grows in deciduous forests.
The name of the mushroom contains the word agathosmus, which translates as 'Fragrant'.
Photo of the mushroom Gigrofor fragrant from the questions in recognition:
2020.01.26 Vitalij 2018.10.29 Oksana