The orange talker Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca is a false fungus that is often confused with the highly regarded edible chanterelle Cantharellus cibarius. The fruit surface is covered with a multiply branched gill-like structure, which is very characteristic and devoid of cross chanterelle veins. Some people consider the orange talker to be safe to eat (but with a bitter taste), but overall mushroom pickers do not collect this species.
The French mycologist Rene Charles Joseph Ernest Mayor in 1921 transferred the orange talker to the genus Hygrophoropsis, and gave the currently accepted scientific name Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca.
2 to 8 cm across. Initially, the convex hats expand, turn into shallow funnels, but individual specimens remain slightly convex or flat when fully ripened. The color of the hat is orange or orange yellow. Color is not a permanent feature: some specimens are pale orange, others are bright orange. The edge of the cap usually remains slightly curled, wavy and intermittent, although this feature is less pronounced than in Cantharellus cibarius, with which this mushroom is sometimes confused.
They have a brighter orange color than the color of the hat, the multiple branching spore-forming structures of the false fox are straight and narrow.
Typically 3 to 5 cm high and 5 to 10 mm in diameter, the stiff legs of Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca are the same color as the center of the cap, or slightly darker, gradually fading to the base. The surface of the legs near the upper part is slightly scaly. Smell / taste mildly mushroom, but not distinctive.
Habitat and ecological role
False chanterelle is quite common in continental Europe and North America in temperate forest zones. The orange talker prefers coniferous and mixed forests and wastelands with acidic soil. The mushroom grows in groups on forest litter, moss, decaying pine wood and anthills. An orange saprophytic mushroom is collected from August to November.
A popular edible species of chanterelle common in similar forest habitats, but has vein veins rather than gills.
False chanterelle is not seriously toxic in appearance, but there are reports that some people suffered from hallucinations after eating. Therefore, be careful with the orange talker. If you still decide to cook the mushroom after a long thermal preparation, do not be surprised that the fruit legs will remain stiff, and the hats feel like rubber with a faint woody flavor.
The benefits and harms of orange talkers for the body
In folk medicine, a false fox is added to the potions, and healers believe that it fights against infectious diseases, removes toxins from the gastrointestinal tract, restores digestion, and reduces the risk of blood clots.
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