The Common Laccaria (3/5)

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The bright purple or salmon pink of these little mushrooms adds a cheerful note to the undergrowth. Since they usually come up in large quantity, their numbers make up for their small size.

Cap

Purple, or salmon pink, rounded and slightly flattened like a small, round button. The margin curves in at first then opens out in waves. becoming flat. A small hollow in the center.

Gills 

Same color as the cap. Broad, sparse, unequal, ad-nate. Spores White.

Stem 

Same color as the cap. Long, thin, fibrous then hol-low. Neither volva nor ring. 

Habitat Woods.

Season Summer, fall.

Special Features

Although it is much more slender, it could be mistak-Features en, on account of its color, for a Wood Blewit or a Violet Corlinarius (not described), both of which are edible.

Recipes Throw out the fibrous stem. The caps taste good cooked in butter and added to an omelet or put in a stew.

In France, mushroom hunting is a national pastime. In recent years hordes of mushroom gatherers have invaded the countryside during the season and there has been trouble between the local in-habitants and motorists coming from the towns especially for the picking. The mayors of some villages have established regulations to control mushroom picking In the countryside in some areas on a Sunday it is estimated that as many as ten thousand people strip everything they can find in the woods. The result is a massive destruction of species that would continue to thrive for the benefit of all if picking could be controlled.

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