Is the gall mushroom (bitterness) poisonous or not?

Is the gall mushroom (bitterness) poisonous or not?The gall mushroom, with a photo and description of which you can find on this page, is in itself non-toxic, but even long-term heat treatment does not relieve it of bitterness. Therefore, if you are worried about the question of a poisonous gall fungus or not, you can not worry – it is impossible to poison it. True, you cannot eat this mushroom either because of its unsatisfactory taste.

It is because of bitterness that the second name of the gall mushroom is bitterness. An unpleasant taste does not prevent this gift of the forest from being the object of hunting for various animals. For example, squirrels are happy to drag mustards into their hollows, and hares do not disdain gall mushrooms.

Below you will find out what a gall fungus looks like in the photo, get information about where it grows and how it is used in traditional medicine.

What does a gall mushroom look like: photo and description

Category: inedible.

Is the gall mushroom (bitterness) poisonous or not?Is the gall mushroom (bitterness) poisonous or not?

Gall mushroom cap (Tylopilus felleus) (diameter 5-15 cm): cushion-shaped, brown, brown, yellow and chestnut. Velvety to the touch with a little fluff and dry. After rain and in a humid environment, it becomes slightly sticky.

Is the gall mushroom (bitterness) poisonous or not?Is the gall mushroom (bitterness) poisonous or not?

Leg (height 4-13 cm): cream, ocher, brown or gray. It has a cylindrical shape, slightly inflated from top to bottom. At the base, there is an unexpressed mesh pattern. The cut may turn slightly pink or redden.

Is the gall mushroom (bitterness) poisonous or not?Is the gall mushroom (bitterness) poisonous or not?

Look at the photo of a gall mushroom: the flesh of its cap is white, and the color of the flesh of the leg changes when it interacts with air. No pronounced odor.

Is the gall mushroom (bitterness) poisonous or not?Is the gall mushroom (bitterness) poisonous or not?

Tubular layer: pinkish, pores are smallish, rounded.

How to distinguish gall fungus from doubles

The twins of the gall fungus (bitterness) are boletus and boletus. If you do not know how to distinguish a gall fungus from similar ones, pay attention to the leg and scales. Unlike boletus boletus, gorchak does not have small scales on the skin, and in boletus boletuses, the color of the mesh on the leg is lighter.

Where is its application growing

When it grows: from late June to mid-October in Europe and Asia.

Where to find it: Prefers acidic soils of deciduous and coniferous forests. Can grow on rotten wood.

Application in traditional medicine (data not confirmed and not clinically tested!): Used as a choleretic agent.

Other names: gorchak, yellow mushroom, false white mushroom, false boletus.

Due to the high bitterness content, this mushroom is almost never eaten by pests.

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