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Bare-toothed Russula

Russula vesca

The semi-spherical cap is 5 to 10 centimetres in diameter. It is convex, or slightly depressed at the centre, becoming flat with age. The solid flesh is grey reddish or grey brown with a thin, smooth edge, bare, and slightly sticky. The skin of the cap peels away and typically does not reach the margins. The stem is 2 to 5 centimetres tall and between 1.5 and 2.5 centimetres in diameter, white, solid, and slightly narrower at the base. The flesh of the stem is white and sweet, with a pleasant mushroom smell. When cut, the colour does not change, or it becomes a little redder. A tasty, edible mushroom, it can be harvested between July and October and eaten fresh, dried or pickled.

In Ukraine, it is common in Polesia, Subcarpathia and the forest-steppe. The bare-toothed Russula grows primarily in deciduous forests, and rarely in coniferous forests. It grows both solitarily and in small groups.

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