When: 2009-07-20

Collection location: Geneva, Switzerland [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

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Found and id’ed by others at the SMG meeting.

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Debbie, as you know I am not into eating too
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-07-22 14:59:30 EDT (-0400)

but since I am from a neighboring country I know that people in Central Europe for the most part just collect a few species for eating cuz they simply just know them and no others as is the case in the whole of the world. The Eastern Europeans (mainly Slavonic, Baltonic and Finnish people) are much more into mushrooming and eat everything they can get their hands on, even Lactarius piperatus and stuff. And it was in Poland that they discovered the toxicity of Cortinarius orellanus because people ate it in huge masses and died of. I know some older guys in Austria still collect L. volemus as delicacy but younger ones don’t even know this species. And it probably is similar in Switzerland.
BTW, L.volemus has its brothers all around the world and they all taste the same, in America you have both, L.volemus and L.hygrophoroides, I don’t know the name of the African brother right now, and in Australia you have L.clarkeae and a Russula which looks and tastes the same and is only distinguishable by the lack of latex!!

Don’t know…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-07-22 11:15:22 EDT (-0400)

I have no idea, I guess I could ask. I didn’t see anyone try to chomp on these while I was there… Not that info on eating interests me much, it isn’t all that interesting a feature of a mushroom, so I don’t ask.

And I hope people don’t ask me… oh, no too late here…

do folks eat this in Switzerland?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-07-22 11:07:39 EDT (-0400)

despite its amazingly copious latex, it’s actually a pretty good edible…