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Russulaceae: The Russula Family
The russulas are typically smooth-capped, brittle mushrooms ranging in color from the rosy-pink you see here, to deeper reds, almost purple, and various shades of brown. It is easy to recognize a mushroom as a russula, but extremely challenging to identify it to the species. The mild ones are said to be edible, while the acrid ones are not. Mushroom experts advise chewing up a small piece of the cap and spitting it out. If your specimen of Russula is not acrid, then it is edible. I haven't made it into my comfort zone with Russulas to start experimenting yet.
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