Hypomyces lactifluorum, ‘Lobster Mushroom'

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Host mushroom is a white Russula or Lactarius deceptivus. The parasite transforms the host’s gills and stipe and turns an unexceptional soft and brittle mushroom into a fairly long-lasting solid brightly colored orange to reddish  gourmet delight. The flesh inside is white. Sometimes has a fishy odor that disappears with cooking.

Holds up well to sautéing. Best with garlic, onions and butter/olive oil. Good on salads, pasta, meat, toast. Plentiful in late summer and fall.