Rhizopogon yellowish (Rhizopogon obtectus)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae
- Order: Boletales
- Family: Rhizopogonaceae (Rhizopogonaceae)
- Genus: Rhizopogon (Rizopogon)
- Species: Rhizopogon luteolus (Rhizopogon yellowish)
- Yellowish root plant
- Rhizopogon luteolus
Rhizopogon yellowish or yellowish Kornevets belongs to saprophytic fungi, belongs to the family of raincoats. This is an excellent 'conspirator', as it is difficult to notice it – almost all of its fruiting body is underground and can only be seen slightly above the surface.
There have been cases when various scammers tried to pass off this mushroom as a white truffle.
The fruit body is tuberous, underground, outwardly similar to young potatoes, with a diameter of 1 to 5 centimeters. Its surface is dry, in mature specimens the skin is cracked, has a color from yellow-brown to brown (in old mushrooms); covered from above with branched brown-black filaments of mycelium. The peel has a specific garlic odor, but it can be removed well under a stream of water with increased friction. The pulp is dense, thick, fleshy, at first white with an olive tint, later brown-green, in mature specimens it is almost black, without a pronounced taste and aroma. Spores are smooth, shiny, almost colorless, ellipsoid with slight asymmetry, 7-8 X 2-3 microns.
It grows from early July to late September on sandy and sub-sandy soils (for example, on paths) in pine forests. Massively bears fruit at the end of the warm season. The mushroom is little known to most mushroom pickers. Grows in nitrogen-rich soils. Prefers pine forests.
The yellowish root can be confused with the dubious melanogaster (Melanogaster ambiguus), although it is not common in our forests. Yellowish Rizopogon is similar to pinkish Rizopogon (Red truffle), from which it differs in skin color, and the flesh of the second quickly turns red when interacting with air, which justifies its name.
Taste qualities: Rizopogon yellowish belongs to the category of edible mushrooms, but they are not eaten, since the taste is low.
Little known mushroom, but edible. Although it does not possess high taste. Experts recommend eating fried only young specimens of Rhizopogon, whose flesh has a pleasant creamy color. Mushrooms with darkened pulp are not used for food. It can be boiled, but it is usually eaten fried, then it tastes similar to raincoats. It is necessary to dry this mushroom at high temperatures, since this mushroom tends to germinate with a long stagnation.