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Charcoal Burner

Russula cyanoxantha – Charcoal Burner

From kyanos (gr) = blue and saints = yellow. Relating to colour.
Common name = (eng) Charcoal Burner.

CAP: 5 to 12 cm in diameter, round cap, the convex and finally flat, violet, blue, greenish-blue, lilac, yellowish in tone, a wide range of colours. Partially separable cuticle, rather vicose, the edge is not usually stretched out.

GILLS: White, greasy to the touch, elastic, tight, slim, sticks to stem.

STEM: White, cylindrical, fleshy, solid, brittle like all the Russulas, sometimes with a lilac patch.

FLESH: Brittle, white, cyclamen under the cuticle, pleasant flavour when raw, no smell.

HABITAT: Summer and early autumn in deciduous forests. Very common.

EDIBILITY: Excellent, one of the best Russulas and one of the most sought after mushrooms in the Basque Country.

OBSERVATIONS: A typical woodland mushroom, very well-known and common in the Urkiola Natural Park. It can be confused with other violet or bluish Russulas. The Russula family does not include any truly poisonous mushroom, just ones that are spicy or bitter that should be thrown away.


Text and pictures: Plácido Iglesias.

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