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Orange milk cap mushroom

Lactarius deliciosus

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This edible mushroom is most commonly found in pine tree plantations under thick pine needles where the soil is acidic. It is red-orange in colour and has a convex cap with a slight depression towards the middle. It has a mild flavour and slighty fruity aroma.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest the mushrooms by pinching them off at the base of the stipe as they appear and are large enough.

Propagation

Seed
White spores are dispersed from the mushrooms under the correct climatic conditions. The spores are spread by the wind and will form new mycelia that will produce mushrooms in the future.

Special features

Attractive fruits
Edible fruitin ideal conditions.

Geography

Origin
Europe
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Pleasant tasting mushroom with a crisp texture.

Personality

Family
Russulaceae
Flower colour
Red-orange
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally not affected by pests and diseases.

Companion plants

Stone Pine
Stone Pine
Pinus pinea

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