Russula fucosa is small, dry, pruinose dark red to orange red with yellowish center. Cuticle easily peels 3/4th to center. Gills are cream, close, forked at stipe apex. Stipe white or flushed pink. Browns with handling. Slight fishy odor with age or drying. Light yellow-orchre spore print. Associated with hardwoods, especially beech and oak. Flesh truns green with application of FeSo4. Can be confused with Russula pseudolepida, which however, does not brown and is odorless. Flavor good.