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Episode 525

Cortinarius caperatus
Fri, 2018-Oct-12 00:33 UTC
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The featured article for Friday, 12 October 2018 is Cortinarius caperatus.

Cortinarius caperatus, commonly known as the gypsy mushroom, is an edible mushroom of the genus Cortinarius found in northern regions of Europe and North America. It was known as Rozites caperata for many years, before genetic studies revealed it lay within the large genus Cortinarius. The fruit bodies appear in autumn in coniferous and beech woods, as well as heathlands in late summer and autumn. The ochre-coloured cap is up to 10 cm (4 in) across and has a fibrous surface. The clay-coloured gills are attached to the stipe under the cap—and the stipe is whitish with a whitish ring. The flesh has a mild smell and flavour.

Popular with mushroom foragers, C. caperatus is picked seasonally in many parts of Europe. Although mild-tasting and highly regarded, the mushrooms are often infested with maggots. In central Europe, old specimens could be confused with the poisonous Inocybe erubescens in summer. Fruiting bodies of C. caperatus have been found to bioaccumulate mercury and radioactive isotopes of caesium.

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