How to Store Your Dahlias

    Some Stropharia’ species resemble small Field mushrooms; they have the same colour of spore powder, which is brown or purple-black, and a veil that leaves a ring on the stipe.

    The commonest is Stropharia coronilla, which has a cap up to 6 cm in diameter and is a yellowish-white to light colour. Its gills are a chocolate brown and it has a relatively short stipe and striated ring. After a fall pastures, parks and along the edges of fields.

    Cortinarius armillatus is associated with the birch trees of mixed forests and grows in an acid soil. Its fruit-bodies sometimes grow in small groups on mossy cushions or between fallen rotting leaves and needles.

    How to Store Your Dahlias

    This species is usually classified as edible, but like the majority of Cortinarius, it is rarely collected. Its characteristic feature is the red striping on its stipe; these preclude any possibility of confusing it with other mushrooms.

    The bluish-green flesh has an unusual smell reminiscent of beetroot, which, in conjunction with its colouring and slimy cuticle, does not make it an attractive find. As it has an unpleasant taste, it is rarely collected for cooking, and formerly it was considered poisonous or at least regarded with some suspicion.

    Cortinarius cinnamomeoluteus is a small species, yellow- brown or olive-brown in colour, with radial fibrils on the cap. Its gills are light yellow when young, but later turn to a rusty olive-brown. The slender and vivid yellow stipc has a thin covering of fibrils left over from the veil. The lemon yellow flesh smells slightly of beetroot.

    The colouring of this species varies greatly. In earlier and now dated mycological literature several species were not distinguished from one another but grouped together and listed under the name of Dermocybe cinnamomea.

    How to Store Your Dahlias

    Cortinarius einnamomeoluteus is not a very important species, but is one of the commonest mushrooms in coniferous forests. It grows on an acid soil, close to woodland paths, on moors, near bilberry bushes and on mossy banks.

    It is inadvisable to pick it because there are some poisonous species in this group, such as Cortinarius orellanus. Some are noted for the dry, felt-like to velvety cuticle on their caps.

    Both species are edible, but of inferior quality and little nutritional value. Their flesh is very delicate and absorbent, so that they are easily damaged when transported. Mushroom-pickers only occasionally collect .Pluteus but it can be used in soups and in fried mushroom mixtures.

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