Hygrophorus flavodiscus

Yellow-centered Waxy CapsCommon Name: Yellow-centered Waxy Cap

Habitat: Coniferous woods. Usually under White Pine  (I've only found this mushroom with White Pines, but some sources state otherwise.) Fruits singly, in small clusters of three or four, and in large gregarious clusters.

Season: Late fall - early winter. Usually after frost. (Oct. 17 - Oct 31)

Description: Cap: 2.5-7.5 cm (1-3 in) wide. Convex becoming flat to upturned or slightly depressed in age. Whitish cream near the margins with a light yellow cream color at the apex. Becoming more drab and uniform in color with age. Margin becoming wavy as mushroom flattens. Stipe: 2.5-5 cm (1-2 in) tall. Seldom 7.5 cm (3 in) tall. Very nearly equal. Gills: Attached, becoming decurrent as the mushroom matures. White or sometimes pink, appearing waxy, broad. Sub-distant. Spore Print: White. Universal Veil: When wet, or moist, this mushroom has a universal veil of slime to make a slug jealous. As the mushroom ages and dries out, the slime coating seems to dissipate. When the spore ripen and the mushroom begins to disperse spores, the slime moves away from the gills and leaves an area of the stipe closest to the gills uncovered.

Edibility: Edible. The slime can be removed by using a sharp knife to scrape it away. However, this requires a fair bit of time and can be rather messy. For a less time consuming - but also less complete - removal of slime, one can use a paper towel or reusable rag to quickly wipe the mushrooms down. The slime also gives bread crumbs and other toppings something to stick to. When sliced thin and browned over medium heat for 5-8 minutes, the slime is unnoticeable. While not a choice mushroom, the commonness of this mushroom makes it hard to resist collecting.

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