Botanical name: Lactarius deliciosus
Common name: Saffron Milk Caps, Orange Fly Caps, Red Pine Mushroom.
Commonly grow under pine trees during late summer to autumn, after warm sunny days and good rain. Often known as milky saffron, as they exude a milky orange sap when cut.
Vibrant saffron-coloured cap, gills and stem. Firm texture. Full, roasted nut flavour.
Preparation: Discard stems before use.
Usage: Young pine mushrooms are tender and suitable with fresh pasta and egg-based dishes. Older, larger specimens require long, slow cooking – best in casseroles and stews.