Russula cyanoxantha – Charcoal Burner

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The Charcoal burner (Russula cyanoxantha) is an edible mushroom with a variable cap color. The cap color ranges from red and yellow to violet, blue-gray, and green.
The charcoal burner can have mycorrhizal relationships with both conifers and deciduous trees but is most often found under beeches. It fruits summer-fall.
The charcoal burner has soft and flexible gills, a unique feature for this genus. Spore print is white.
The mushroom has a mild, nutty flavor.
The charcoal burner looks similar to the also edible Russula variata which has forked gills and an acrid taste.

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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