The tastiest amanita, Caesar’s mushroom was indeed popular among many of the rulers of ancient Rome. It has a distinctive orange cap that looks like a small orange hatching out of an egg when young. It grows mostly in oak forests from August to December and has a delightful nutty taste; you can eat it raw if it’s young.
Although it doesn’t have the distinctive white flakes of its famous cousin, the amanita muscaria, beware! They can be mistaken for each other because the flakes can fall off an old mushroom.
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