Millers (milk mushrooms) inedible and their types

Millers (milk mushrooms) inedible and their typesInedible milkers (milk mushrooms) can be found in moist forests of mixed and deciduous types. Basically, these mushrooms grow near birches, but some species are also found in mountainous areas.

Below you can find a description of three types of inedible milkers: prickly, sticky and hepatic. Also, your attention will be offered photographs of these mushrooms and the names of their counterparts.

Thorny Miller (Lactarius spinosulus)

Category: inedible.

Lactarius spinosulus cap (diameter 3-8 cm): pinkish to reddish brown, may have small red scales. Usually either slightly convex or practically prostrate, sometimes it becomes depressed over time. The edges are jagged and wavy.

Leg (height 4-8 cm): Usually curved and hollow. The same color as the cap, darkens noticeably at the point of pressure or cut.

Flesh: ocher or white, in old mushrooms it can be greenish. Virtually odorless, but the taste is very pungent.

Plates: yellow, firmly attached to the stem.

Doubles: pink wave (Lactarius torminosus), however, it is smaller and extremely brittle flesh.

When it grows: from early August to late September in temperate countries of the Eurasian continent.

Millers (milk mushrooms) inedible and their typesMillers (milk mushrooms) inedible and their types

Where can you find it: In mixed and deciduous wet forests. Prefers proximity to birches.

Eating: not consumed.

Application in traditional medicine: not applicable.

Mushroom sticky

Millers (milk mushrooms) inedible and their typesCategory: inedible.

Lactarius blennius cap (diameter 4-11 cm): gray-green, often with dark concentrated areas. The edges are lighter than the center. In a young mushroom, the cap is slightly convex, flattens over time and even becomes slightly concave.

Leg (height 4-8 cm): slightly lighter than the cap, sticky to the touch.

Plates: thin and frequent, white.

Flesh: white, brittle, odorless, but with a strong peppery flavor. The thick milky juice of the milky mushroom sticky in the sun changes color to green or olive.

Doubles: zoned milkweed (Lactarius circellatus), which grows only under hornbeams.

When it grows: from late July to mid-October in many countries of Europe and Asia.

Where to find: Only in deciduous forests next to birches and beeches. Sometimes found in mountainous areas.

Eating: not consumed.

Application in traditional medicine: not applicable.

Important! Some scientists believe that the sticky lactarius contains a dangerous dose of toxic substances, the properties of which have not been fully understood, so in no case should you eat this mushroom.

Other names: slimy milky, gray-green milky, gray-green lactarius.

Inedible hepatic lactic acid

Millers (milk mushrooms) inedible and their typesCategory: inedible.

Cap of the hepatic lactarius (Lactarius hepaticus) (diameter 3-7 cm): brown, sometimes with an olive tint. Impressed or funnel-shaped. Absolutely smooth, no wrinkles or flakes.

Leg (height 3-6 cm): slightly lighter than the cap, cylindrical.

Blades: brown, ocher or pinkish, frequent, adherent to the cap. Flesh: light brown, thin and brittle. Very caustic. Milky sap changes color from white to yellow in the sun.

Doubles: bitter (Lactarius rufus) and stunted lactarius (Lactarius theiogalus). The milky juice of the bitter does not change color, and the cap of the stunted milky is much lighter.

When it grows: from the beginning of August to the end of September.

Where to find it: On acidic and sandy soils of pine forests.

Inedible hepatic lactate is not eaten because of the pungent pulp.

Application in traditional medicine: not applicable.

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