Tells: Purplish (magenta- to violet- or brownish) cap often gets channels w/age. White cap flesh tastes bitter. White pores age pinkish & bruise yellow-brown.
Other Information: Yellow to grayish stem often has beige & grayish-orange streaks. Likes oak.
Edibility: Too bitter to eat but useful for unique approaches like cocktail bitters. It isn’t toxic; just absurdly bitter.
- NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap skin turns orange.
- KOH: Cap skin turns orange-yellow.
- FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap flesh turns greenish.