Many other species of Russula
are similar in appearance but are inedible or not-recommend for eating. They differ in various way, but all lack the distinctive crab-like odor. For example, the not-recommended Russula emetica
differs in that it has a hot, peppery taste, a white spore deposit, and a fruity odor. Known as the sickener
, it has a reputation for causing nausea and vomiting. TIP:
Species of Russula
can be differentiated from most non-Russula
look-alikes by confirming that the stem is brittle and snaps cleanly in two, like a piece of chalk, rather than bending or fraying lengthwise.