Russula adusta (Pers.) Fr. (1838)                                                                                *Collection: Idaho

This Red & Black (R&B) bruising Russula stands out with its mildish taste. It is one of the slower reacting species too -- it's transformation from pink to black is very slow. This species seems fairly common in the Pacific Northwest under Hemlock and Spruce. I have not seen it in the California mainland. Generally it tends to push the hard substrate with difficulty and pulling out a clean and picture-worthy collection is not easy.