- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
- Order: Russulales
- Family: Russulaceae (Russula)
- Genus: Lactarius (Miller)
- Species: Lactarius torminosus (Rose flower)
Pink wave (Lactarius torminosus)
- Agaricus torminosus
Pink bollard (lat.Lactarius torminosus) is a mushroom of the genus Millechnik (lat.Lactarius) of the russula family (lat.Russulaceae).
The cap of the wave: Diameter 5-10 cm (up to 15), pinkish-red, with dark concentric zones, convex in youth, then flat, depressed in the center, with pubescent edges turned down. The pulp is white or light creamy, brittle, with a faint resinous odor, at the break it emits a white acrid juice.
Plates: First, frequent, white, adherent, yellowish with age, descending along the leg.
Spore powder: White.
Wave leg: Length 3-6 cm, thickness up to 2 cm, cylindrical, solid in youth, then hollow, pale pink.
Distribution: Volnushka grows from mid-summer to October in deciduous and mixed forests, preferring to form mycorrhiza with middle-aged birches. Sometimes appears in large groups in dense grass on forest edges.
Similar species: From many lactarius, in particular from the slightly similar prickly lactarius (Lactarius spinosulus), the wave is easily distinguished by the pubescent edge of the cap. It can be very difficult to distinguish faded specimens of pink flail from closely related species, for example, from white wave (Lactarius pubescens). The white wave forms mycorrhiza mainly with young birches, and its milky sap is somewhat more pungent.
Edible: In Russia, conditionally edible mushroom of good quality, used in salted and pickled form, sometimes fresh in main courses. Young mushrooms (with a cap diameter of no more than 3-4 cm), the so-called 'curls', are especially appreciated in salting. Before cooking, it requires thorough soaking and blanching. In the workpieces it turns yellow. Along with silver gray (Lactarius flexuosus) and real milk mushroom (Lactarius resimus) it belongs to the main mushrooms harvested by the population of the north for the winter. Their ratio in blanks varies depending on the yield, but more often waves predominate. They are not eaten in Central and Southern Europe. In Finland, on the contrary, after 5-10 minutes of blanching, they are even fried.
Remarks In my opinion, the pink wave is one of the most beautiful mushrooms. However, here I am not original. Many people call the volushka 'our mushroom near Moscow'. Of course, the wave is very, very far from the real milk mushroom (Lactarius resimus), but it must be admitted: the mushroom is charismatic. This is recognized (indirectly) by the Europeans, who fearfully shy away from any unauthorized manifestations of character from the side of potential food – it is not for nothing that in all their books Lactarius torminosus is declared a harmful, poisonous mushroom. So, there is definitely something –
And most of all the waves I met in young aspen forests, in September, in the company of equally pretty boletuses. Can you imagine what a beauty it is?
Photo of the mushroom Pink Volnushka from the recognition questions:
2019.07.26 Elena K. 2018.10.14 Irina 2018.09.01 Elena 2018.08.26 Valentine 2017.09.14 Ivan 2016.10.01 Alexey