Saffron Milk Cap – Pine Mushroom (Lactarius deliciosus)

Introduced on its mycorrhizal host plant, Pinus radiata, and now widespread throughout pine plantation and groves throughout Southern Australia from Perth to Hobart, Melbourne to New South Wales, this mushroom is considered a favourite by amateur hunters, fresh-produce markets and foodies alike.

Excuding a milky substance on cutting and eventually bruising greenish on damage or age, this mushroom has an interesting unique crunchy texture and mild flavour and bright colour that suits a wide variety of dishes or recipes. Now often seen sold at markets and on the menus of many restaurants its culinary versitility make it an increasingly prized and popular wild species in Southern Australia.

Our pine mushrooms are picked locally in the southern foothills of the Dandenong Ranges on private property to ensure a quality product. During a solid season in April to September we can collect these in their thousands. We pick only fresh, healthy and young specimens. These mushrooms are by far our biggest seller.

Our price this season is $35-$40 per kilo fresh depending on availability.

We also sell 50g bags of this mushroom dried for $5 each.

Selby Shrooms taste rating for this species: very good.

27 thoughts on “Saffron Milk Cap – Pine Mushroom (Lactarius deliciosus)”

  1. I think I found a bunch of these today at hanging rock near Tamworth. They were under the snow and quite green and slimy, nestled in amongst the pine needles. We didn’t pick any they were well past their prime! Plus I had no idea what they were.

    • Hi Morrie – thanks for checking out our page as I am a massive fan of your blog.
      There was a post reporting saffies around Balingup on the shroomery a few years back but I see there are no WA collections reported on the biocache so I will edit the page as the info may be incorrect. Thanks for the clarification.

  2. Thanks for the clarification and the kind words. It is possible that they occur in Balingup. It is one place I don’t go mushrooming, for reasons that you may understand.

    I have been trying to contact you via my blog and the forum but have had no reply. Could you please check your email and PMs on the forum? Thanks, Morrie.

  3. Have done so for 50 years.
    $35-$40 a kilo?
    Only for the gullible “trendy city folk”
    Even saw “slippery jacks” another wild mushroom widely available
    in the same forests for $80 a kilo at the Vic Market!
    I will now be opening a stall at markets for sure, I will make a killing.

  4. I have them by the hundreds here on my property, I’m mowing them down at present as there is just a limit on how many I can eat myself…… Every season without fail we get them, this year by the bucket full. Anyone wanting to pick there own for that $35 a kilo are welcome….. ha ha !
    Greta NSW

  5. Can these grow on eucalypt or do pine trees have really long roots? Found some orange, green staining lactarius in an cleared area uphill from a pine plantation around a gum tree. Nearest pine would’ve been 10-20 metres away.

  6. Just found about 20 of each… Saffrons and slippery Js..

    Soaking in water and vinegar first.. Then rinsing and frying saffrons mc.s in garlic and butter..

    Never done it before or eaten before. I hope im right 🙏


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