Clitopilus prunulus – Sweetbread mushrooms

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Sweetbread mushrooms (Clitopilus prunulus) are edible saprobic mushrooms that can be found summer-fall in North America and Europe. Sweetbreads are named after their scent which is reminiscent of raw pastry dough.
Sweetbreads grow solitary to gregariously in open areas of forests. The cap is gray to white, convex when young, flattening with maturity. Gills are decurrent and pinkish at maturity. Spore print is brownish pink.
Sweetbreads are choice edible mushrooms with a strong mushroom taste.
Sweetbreads must be differentiated from their deadly poisonous look-alike, the Fool’s funnel (Clitocybe rivulosa). Fool’s funnels tend to be a grassland species. They lack the pastry-like scent and have a white spore print.
A spore print should be done to confirm Sweetbread mushroom ID.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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