Swedish: Brödticka, tuvticka
Sci. Syn.: AGARICUS ARVENSIS VAR. PURPURASCENS
cap: 3 – 25 cm
months: June – November
colours: white-cream coloured flesh, yellowish to orange-brown cap
characteristic: white, oft several stems are grown together
habitat: Coniferous forest
taste: young specimen are mild, can get bitter later on
At a young age, Fused polypores (Albatrellus confluens) are considered a good meal but are generally not very famous among mushroom hunters. Old individuals taste very bitter and are thus considered inedible.
The surface of the cap is light yellow-brown and reddish in color. The very small pores are conductive and almost white, but turn reddish-brown uppon preasure and damage.
In August-October, the nitrogen fly is common in spruce forests in southern and central Finland. The species is characterized by growing in dense hemispherical clusters so that its caps overlap in layers.
Fused polypores can be confused with the edible Sheep polypore (Albatrellus ovinus), hedgehog mushrooms (Hydnum repandum) and other polypores.
All white and yellowish looking hedgehog mushrooms are edible
Notes for cooking: This is a very good mushroom, e.g. preserved in oil or vinegar. Can be slightly bitter. Raw, this mushroom can lead to intolerances.
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