Candy Caps

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Candy Caps

Lactarius rubidus

Phylum: Basidiomycota

Candy Caps

Dry candy caps are used as candy or as an aroma. They have a very sweet, kind of syrupy taste and have a powerful, lingering scent of the same. Once they are dried, they are either powdered, chopped, or eaten whole. In powdered, form, they can be mixed into sweet sauce, into ice cream, or onto savory meats. They are also used in meat when chopped.

The stalks of L. rubidus are typically 2-7 cm long and 1.5 cm thick, while hollow at maturity. They are also very brittle. The caps are preyy flat and somewhat smooth. Secreting a clear, thin, but scarce milk when cut, the gills are a little broad and close, and attach to the stem ar even run down it a little bit.

Lactarius rubidus, commonly known as "candy caps", are a very expensive sweet treat. The term candy cap includes several species, but I will talk about L. rubidus. This short mushroom is found on the west coast of North America in a symbiotic relationship with oak trees for the most part. They are generaly found in small groups or alone, but are on rare occassions found in larger groups. The color of the cap and stalk is a reddish brown, but they are prized for taste and smell, both of wich are quite notable.

The spores of L. rubidus are about 6-8 µm in size. They are round, but have bumps and spikes on them.



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