Chroogomphus rutilus

Chroogomphus rutilus is an edible mushroom found in Europe. It is commonly known as pine-spikes or spike-caps based on its appearance and its growing habit in association with pine trees. The cap is red-brown in color and can grow up to 10 cm in diameter. The brownish-orange gills are wide-spaced and decurrent with black to brownish-yellow spores. The stipe is brownish-yellow and tapers towards the base. Its flesh is orange to salmon-colored ans turns violet when chewed. Chroogomphus rutilus is not flavorful and possesses neither a distinctive taste nor odor, but it does add texture to the dish.

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