Delicious Milk-Cap / Woolly Milk-Cap

Delicious Milk-Cap on the left / Wooly Milk-Cap on the right

Woolly Milk-Cap (Lactarius torminosus )

First of all, it was very interesting to hear the opinion from a fellow blogger (from another country) of being crazy eating woolly milk-cap f. I didn’t know it is poisonous! I need to google to believe it! And this is what I found in Wikipedia:

The intensely peppery taste of the raw mushroom can blister the tongue if sampled in excess. Some authors have reported the species as outright poisonous, or causing “mild to fatal gastroenteritis”. Despite these reports of toxicity,  L. torminosus  mushrooms are prepared in Finland, Russia, and other northern and eastern European countries by parboiling, soaking in brine for several days, or pickling, after which it is valued for its peppery taste.

What can I say, I’m the one who cooks and stores for winter these wild poisonous mushrooms!


Wooly Milk-Cap on top. Few Delicious Mik-Cap can be seen under.



Since I know the fact that they are poisonous I don’t know if I’ll eat them this year, but I cooked, soaked and salt them for winter like my mom did, and her mom and her mom… etc.

Delicious Milk-Cap (Lactarius deliciosus )


Delicious Milk-Cap family


On the other hand, looking information about Delicious Milk-Cap, that looks kind of similar to Wooly milk cup I found this:


Orange “milk” on hands from Delicious Milk-Cap


Delicious Milk Cap (Lactarius deliciosus) commonly known as the saffron milk cap and red pine mushroom. Edible, highly prized in Europe, but much less so in North America where it tends to be grainy and a little bitter (could be varietal or growing condition differences).  The “milk” or latex in this milk cap is an orange color. Bruises green. Common and native to Europe and North America. Found under conifers.

Delicious Milk-Cap can be salted and eaten after few hours on toast or fry in oil with onions.

Delicious Milk-Cap on the left / Wooly Milk-Cap on the right

I have already been looking for these delicious Delicious Milk-Caps everywhere! Very tasty and easy to cook.






20 thoughts on “Delicious Milk-Cap / Woolly Milk-Cap

  1. I’ll be very interested to see if you find this ‘new’ mushroom. I think I might try the Woolly Milk Cap if prepared by a knowledgeable Latvian (you!) but otherwise not. Sounds a bit like eating puffer fish in Japan (which I did not do). With the word ‘delicious’ in the name of the milk cap it sounds as though it might be safer to eat, or is it just that you die happy 😜

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  2. Woolly Milk-Cap (Lactarius torminosus ) are my favourite mushrooms. And as you, I have eaten them since childhood. Of course, they need special preparation. But most of best mushroom need this..:)

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    1. these mushrooms are growing all around me. i love nature and old traditions. Made nettle soup 2 weeks ago-lovely. ate perrywinkles of donagel coast not that long ago with my two boys. thay loved it. what do i do with these wooly milkcaps

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  3. Dear Ilze, I was concerned when I saw the pictures of this particular mushroom.We have this mushroom in Cyprus appearing late Autumn in the Forests of the Troodos mountains.It is regarded as being very poisonous and left well alone. Your mushroom looks suspiciously very similar.Maybe I am being paranoid but I guess that’s to be expected since as children we were never allowed to eat mushrooms by our mother.The first time I tasted mushrooms was at the age of thirteen in England when my mother finally gave in and bought some cultured button mushrooms from the supermarket!
    Enjoy the mushroom foraging. Continue taking these amazing photos …. but take care:)

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    1. Thank you! One of these two mushrooms can be poisonous. The pink one. The orange one isn’t poisonous. The pink one is edible after parboiled and soaked in water but as I wrote other countries doesn’t think so 🙂

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        1. Find at least one person who knows what to pick 🙂 Where are you from? There should be groups of people who love to pick mushrooms and like to teach what and how it should be cooked. The easiest of them all is Delicious Milk-Cap you can’t get it wrong! Orage “milk”! See the picture with my hand 🙂

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