The Gypsy – Cortinarius caperata
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. The 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.