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indigo milkcap Lactarius indigo

 
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A new (to us) edible mushroom..... indigo milkcap Lactarius indigo . We saw several a few days ago and then felt positive with the ID yesterday when they were too far gone to eat. They turn a greener blue as they age...at their prime it was more blue, but I didn't get a picture then.

We hardly ever get a chance at summer mushrooms....this summer has been exceptionally rainy and milder temperatures than usual...eighties instead of one hundred degrees for days on end.

Has any one eaten these? I'm not sure I'm into blue food

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They are well documented. Cool pics. Blueberries are pretty good, I must admit. Honeyberries are good too. Blewits are good too, as far as mushrooms go.
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I used to gather these a lot when I lived in GA. As edible mushrooms go I found them mediocre....a bit strong-flavored. A dish with long-simmering might help, or else pickle them like they do in Russia. There are much better Lactarius, like L. corrugis, but they are brownish and not so easy to identify as a beginner.
 
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@Judith

Hey - congratulations! Great find. I know it's a little late, but I just found your post. I've eaten Lactarius indigo. Actually just posted on them this week:

http://www.thesurvivalgardener.com/the-edible-blue-mushroom-lactarius-indigo/

I like the flavor, plus it's gotta be one of the prettiest mushrooms ever invented.
 
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And a picture:

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David Goodman wrote:@Judith

Hey - congratulations! Great find. I know it's a little late, but I just found your post. I've eaten Lactarius indigo. Actually just posted on them this week:

http://www.thesurvivalgardener.com/the-edible-blue-mushroom-lactarius-indigo/

I like the flavor, plus it's gotta be one of the prettiest mushrooms ever invented.



thanks David...I'm looking forward to finding and eating some next summer.
Nice pictures in your blog, I enjoyed reading it.
 
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I get dozens of these on my property usually in late august.
How did you prepare them to eat?
 
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If you are not into blue food make it green! scramble it up with eggs and you can create green eggs and ham. I have made it once so far and i really like it.
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They are such beauties when a fresh family of these blues bitties come up it truly is a work of art and they smell fruity but indeed are sour tasting when fried up. I've heard they're popular in Mexico maybe they have some special recipes that suit its flavor...now fish milkys on the other hand are quite delicious.
 
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anyone finding these this year?  recipes for cooking?
 
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