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Zoneless millechnik, or bezonless, belongs to the russula family, genus Millechnik. Lamellar mushroom, secretes milky juice on the cut, is edible.
Where the zoneless milkman grows
It grows in deciduous forests where there are oaks, with which it forms mycorrhiza. Distributed in Eurasia. On the territory of Russia, zoneless milkmen are found in the southern regions, such as the Krasnodar Territory. Grows in groups, often numerous. Fruiting from August to September. Prefers damp, shaded areas.
What does a zoneless milkman look like?
The size of the cap is up to 10 cm in diameter. The shape is usually flat, sometimes concave, there is a small tubercle in the center, the edges are even. The surface is dry, smooth, sticky in wet weather. Its pulp is firm and firm. Color - from sandy and light brown to rich brown and dark brown, sometimes with gray tints.
Leg height - 3-7 cm, diameter - 1 cm. The shape is cylindrical, correct. The surface is smooth. In young specimens it is solid, in old specimens it is hollow. The pulp is firm and firm. The color is the same as the hat or slightly lighter.
This is how the mushroom looks in section
The plates are narrow, slightly descending along the leg, adhering to it. The spore-bearing layer is white or milky, gradually darkens, becomes ocher. Cream powder, spindle-shaped spores.
The pulp is white, dense, slightly pinkish in the cut. The taste is insipid; mature specimens have a bitter taste. Older mushrooms have a slightly spicy aroma. Milky sap is white, after reaction with air it acquires a pinkish-orange hue.
Is it possible to eat a zoneless milk jug
The mushroom is edible. Belongs to the fourth flavor category.
False doubles of the zoneless milkman
The miller is wet. Another name is gray-lilac milk mushroom. Unlike the zoneless one, it has a dome-shaped, sticky, moist cap of gray or violet-gray color. Its size is from 4 to 8 cm. In older specimens, it becomes widespread. The length of the leg is from 4 to 7 cm, the thickness is from 1 to 2 cm. It is dense, the surface is sticky to the touch. The pulp is spongy, tender. Refers to rare species. Grows in moist deciduous forests on mosses. Loves the neighborhood of birches and willows. Occurs singly or in small groups. There is no exact information about edibility; some authors classify it as conditionally edible.
A wet miller is easily recognizable by the wet surface of the cap
Resinous milky (black). A very rare mushroom. It differs from a zoneless one in a dark color, but at a young age it is lighter and may be similar to it. The cap reaches a diameter of 3 to 8 cm. Its shape is convex at first, then slightly depressed. The color is brown-brown, brown-chocolate, brown-black. The leg is dense, cylindrical, reaches 8 cm in height, and 1.5 cm in thickness. The color is the same as that of the cap, at the base it is white. The pulp is light and firm. Grows in coniferous and mixed forests singly or in groups. The fruiting period is August-September. There is no exact information about edibility.
Millechnik, black, dark with a convex cap
Collection rules and use
It is recommended to collect milkmen only in wicker baskets in which there is ventilation, which means that they will be better preserved. They are laid with their hats down, specimens with long legs - sideways. Remove from the ground with twisting movements. If in doubt, it is best not to pick the mushroom.
Attention! It is best to pick mushrooms in dry weather in the morning. Collected in the rainy period deteriorate faster.
Zoneless millers are not recommended to be consumed fresh. They are suitable for pickling and pickling. Experts advise taking only young copies.
The zoneless milky is a relative of the well-known russula. Its main difference from other representatives of the genus is the pinkish juice that stands out from the pulp.