Observation 165401: Russula sect. Emeticinae Melzer & Zvára.
When: 2014-05-15

Notes: Red capped close gills growing in forest soil. Could be Russula.

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Recognized by sight: Most of these types taste acrid.
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Russula tasting
By: Brian Looney (GibbiPicasso)
2014-05-18 11:40:10 CDT (-0400)

The only deadly toxic Russula known is R. subnigricans from Japan. This belongs to the group of Russula that start off white and bruise either red then black or straight to black. It is my understanding that you can taste pretty much any toxic mushroom without harm as long as you spit it out. I think the worse you can expect from tasting a Russula is tasting an extremely acrid one. Other tastes you can get out of Russula include different bitters, numbing, nutty, picante, or menthol.

Okay Ian. Tasting seems like a questionable practice.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-05-18 10:32:56 CDT (-0400)

But if one is certain of the genus, tasting (and spitting) provides useful info. Genus Russula is a good example of this… no dangerously poisonous species of which I am aware here in NA. But the Russulas of Australia…?


Dave, Not quite up to tasting Oz fungi yet. I do always smell them, but as I am always alone in remote areas, I hesitate to push my luck. No-one seems to really be on top of our poisonous fungi except for the well known ones. I know that digesting more than a tip taste is harmful, but……… kk

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