Northern Bushcraft

Scaly Hedgehog

  • cap is up to up to 30cm wide, convex shaped with a depressed center, brown with raised scales and a dry texture.
  • flesh is white or tinted brown.
  • underside of cap has brown spines that descend onto the stem.
  • stem is smooth and light brown, thickening towards the base.
  • grows singly or as several in areas with conifers.
  • appears in sumer and fall.
  • taste is mildly bitter with no odor; cook before eating.
  • an edible look-alike is the less-palatable Sarcodon scabrosus, which is similar in appearance but the cap is more reddish with scales that are not raised, and the stem is dark blue/black at its base.
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Related topics: Edible Plants of BC - Edible Berries of BC - Edible Mushrooms of BC - Edible Seashore of PNW
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