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Honey from a Weed

By Patience Gray

Published 1986

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This species is very close to L deliciosus, but its milk is red rather than orange and the cap is less zoned. It is found in pine woods from August to November. Rovellό means ‘rust’ but also ‘yolk of egg’, referring to the brilliant orange colour of this fungus. Like the Salentines the Catalans are addicted to a number of species of orange Lactarius growing in the cistus maquis. These fungi have a symbiotic relationship with the roots of cistus. The collective Salentine name for them is mucchiareddi. These cistus mushrooms (L torminosus with a cluster of close relations, some smoother and paler) have a certain acridity, for which reason in fungi books they are regarded with suspicion, even by north Italians.