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Larch gigrofor belongs to the Gigroforov family, whose Latin name sounds like this - Hygrophorus lucorum. Also, this name has a number of synonyms: hygrophorus or yellow hygrophorus, as well as Limacium lucorum.
What does the larch hygrophor look like?
Prefers moderate moisture and grassy soil
The fruit body of the yellow hygrophor consists of a cap and a stem with the following characteristics:
- Initially, the cap is bell-shaped, a little later it becomes flat with a concave center. The diameter is from 2 to 6 cm. The surface is sticky, slippery, colored lemon yellow. On some specimens, you can see the remnants of the bedspread at the edges of the cap.
- Slightly descending, sparse, but thick plates are located on the underside of the cap. In young mushrooms of white color, they become yellowish with age.
- Spores are elliptical, colorless, smooth.
- The stem of the larch hygrophor is fibrous and cylindrical, its diameter is 4-8 mm, and its length is 3-9 cm. Its color varies from white to light yellow.
- The pulp is white, has no pronounced odor, and is tasteless.
Where does the larch hygrophor grow
A favorable time for the development of this fungus is the period from summer to autumn, but active fruiting occurs from September to November. This specimen received the appropriate name due to the fact that it forms mycorrhiza exclusively with larch. Therefore, these mushrooms live more often in deciduous forests. But they can also be found in parks or meadows.
Is it possible to eat larch hygrophor
This copy belongs to the edible group, which does not need pre-cooking before cooking. But larch hygrophor is not suitable as an independent dish, since it does not have a pronounced taste.
Important! This variety works well for pickling or pickling, and can also be paired with other, more aromatic forest products.
The specimen does not have a pronounced taste and smell
Larch gigrofor is similar in some ways to the following gifts of the forest:
- Gigrofor beautiful - belongs to the category of edible mushrooms. It grows in the same places as larch, but it is quite rare. A distinctive feature is the color of the cap, in young specimens it is orange, over time it becomes golden yellow. The edges of the cap are paler than the center.
- Meadow gigrofor is an edible species. At the initial stage of ripening, the cap is hemispherical with a central tubercle, after a while it becomes almost flat. This specimen is most often found in grazing areas, in meadows.
- Gigrofor is yellowish-white - an edible specimen, but due to the abundant mucus on the cap, the cooking process is complicated. A hemispherical cap, ash-white. There is a layer of protective mucus on the surface. The stem is fibrous and straight, the same color as the cap, covered with small scales. It grows in mixed and deciduous forests, most often found next to beech and oak trees.
Collection rules and use
Going in search of larch hygrophor, it should be remembered that it grows exclusively in the vicinity of larch. Also, quite often it can be found in parks or squares. Fruit bodies are very fragile, and therefore should be especially carefully removed from the soil. In order not to damage, it is advisable to put mushrooms separately from other larger relatives.
This specimen is quite versatile, as it is suitable for almost any type of culinary processing. But due to the lack of a pronounced taste, experienced mushroom pickers recommend combining larch hygrophor with other, more aromatic and tasty gifts of the forest.
The larch gigrofor is a fairly common species that lives in meadows, forests or parks. It has one drawback - the pulp of this mushroom is almost tasteless. However, it is great for pickling, pickling, or other dishes combined with more aromatic forest gifts or spices.