(L. ex Fr.) S.F.Gray
Lactarius deliciosus, known as the Saffron milk cap, Red pine mushroom or by its Catalan name Rovelló or Rovellons, is the one of the best known members of the large milk-cap genus Lactarius in the order Russulales. It is found in Europe and North America and has been accidentally introduced to other countries under conifers and can be found growing in pine plantations.
In the Girona area this type of mushroom is called a "pinatell" because it is collected near wild pine trees; typically they are harvested in October following the late August rain. Due to its scarcity it commands high prices.
Lactarius deliciosus has a carrot orange cap which is convex to vase shaped, inrolled when young, 4 to 14 cm across, often with darker orange lines in the form of concentric circles. The cap is sticky and viscid when wet, but is often dry. It has crowded decurrent gills and a squat orange stipe which is often hollow, 3 to 8 cm long and 1 to 2 cm thick. This mushroom stains a deep green color when handled. When fresh, the mushroom exudes an orange-red latex or "milk" that does not change color.
This mushroom is often confused with Lactarius rubidus which stains green, has red latex, and is also edible.
Distribution and habitat
Lactarius deliciosus grows under the acidic soil of conifers and forms a mycorrhizal relationship with its host tree. It is native to the southern Pyrenees where it grows under Mediterranean pines. It can also be found in woodlands in North America as well as having been introduced to Australia and New Zealand, where it grows in Pinus radiata plantations. Many people of Polish, Ukrainian and other eastern European ancestry in the environs of Sydney travel to collect these mushrooms after autumn rainfall around Easter time.
Lactarius deliciosus is a widely collected mushroom in the Southern Pyrenees and Majorca and used in Catalan cuisine. One recipe recommends they should be lightly washed, fried whole cap down in olive oil with a small amount of garlic and served drenched in raw olive oil and parsley. The same recipe advised that butter should never be used when cooking this mushroom.
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