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    Lactarius Indigo


    Lactarius Indigo mushroom of the Russulaceae family

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    Lactarius indigo, commonly known as the indigo milk cap, the indigo (or blue) Lactarius, or the blue milk mushroom. A widely distributed species, it grows naturally in eastern North America, East Asia, and Central America; it has also been reported from southern France. L. indigo grows on the ground in both deciduous and coniferous forests, where it forms mycorrhizal associations with a broad range of trees. The fruit body color ranges from dark blue in fresh specimens to pale blue-gray in older ones. The milk, or latex, that oozes when the mushroom tissue is cut or broken—a feature common to all members of the Lactarius genus—is also indigo blue, but slowly turns green upon exposure to air. The cap is typically between 2 to 6 inches broad, and the stem 0.8 to 3.1 inches tall by 0.4 to 1.0 inch thick. It is an edible mushroom, and is sold in rural markets in Mexico, Guatemala, and China.

    That said, my suggestion if you are an amateur mycologist, stick with the sponge-bottom-capped mushrooms like the various boletus series, until you feel comfortable enough to proceed to the gilled caps. It's pretty hard to screw up a sponge cap, esp. with a decent mushroom field guide book.

    Or stay with the brain shaped mushroom like the morels. You can't screw those up either. There are no poisonous look alikes for morels. That's the Morel of this story.


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