The Gypsy – Cortinarius caperata

Taken from Michael Kuo's site

We have been finding plenty of gypsies to eat this fall. I have always known them as Rozites caperata, but with all the DNA work coming out, it is now officially a Cortinarius. This is one of the rare Corts that have a cottony ring on the stem rather than a cobwebby veil and still has rusty colored spores. ┬áThe distinctive frosted cap when young is often very wrinkled and then wavy in age. The whole mushroom changes dramatically as it matures. It isn’t a beginners mushroom, but worth collecting for the table if you are careful to learn how to look.

The tell-tale white "bloom" or frosting on top of the cap washes off in the rain and in age.

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