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Russula xerampelina

a.k.a. Shrimp Russula

Shrimp Russula caps can show up in a variety of colors, usually purple with touched other colors like rose and white. They are very brittle like most Russula but the young caps are particularly rounded and dense. As you can see in the photo, the white stem discolors brownish when handled. The smell of shrimp seems to develop in age and stays as a mild flavor in the cooked mushrooms. This is a mushroom few local people know or collect to eat, so it is a good choice for study. Russulas tend to maintain their crispy texture even when cooked. Note the cream colored rather than white gills.