Tells: Lighter-cap-color stem is netted on top & often has a “tidal mark”. White cap flesh may smell fruity, fishy, or pungent, taste bitter, & slowly stain pink, purple, or brown.
Other Information: Yellow- to tobacco-brown cap cracks & fissures w/age. Buff pores age to yellow-brown, often w/dark patches. Likes sandy soil around oak & pine trees in the edge of woods or on lawns. Ty. tabacinus var. amarus is a more bitter tasting twin that may be the same species.
- NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap skin flashes dull wine-red before shifting to orange-amber.
- KOH: Cap skin turns rusty brown.
- FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap skin turns pale olive gray.