Notes: On ground in sand under red pine (Pinus resinosa), 2 needle, in mixed woods after heavy rains the night before. Button cap is 5 cm., whitish with red brown scales/fibers over center. Thick cottony partial veil. Stem 4 cm. × 2 cm., whitish with red brown fibers. Flesh of cap and stem white and firm. Mild odor and taste—potato like.
The next day we smelled this specimen again. I’m pretty good at picking up off odors and tastes but not able to tell what they are in many cases. I get a mild, not unpleasant odor from this and Donna, who is more discerning in this regard, gets dirty socks. Regarding taste, both Donna and I get slowly spicy—a taste that develops then lingers. This and obs 145530 were found on the same day in the same habitat. They had been up awhile and subjected to heavy rains the night before.
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Even when harvest a shiro of Tricholoma, that may include 50-100 specimens, not all will have the “red hots” odor. But a significant number will have it.
I was gifted with a collection of Tricholoma m. from Vermont several years ago. They tasted and smelled very much like our Oregon examples.
it is also important I think to collect and ID many specimens before trying a small amount. One of the issues for those of us on the east coast is that it is not widely collected nor described here as far as I can tell and the characteristics of our east coast specimens are different in some ways from west coast specimens. For example Arora’s “red hots and dirty socks odor” may not as apparent in our T. magnivelare I’m told.
T. magnivelare is said to smell like “red hots and dirty socks.” Identification by smell only is to risk poisoning with Amanita smithiana, which fruits at the same time and often place. A. smithiana usually has white scales on cap.
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