North America, Europe
Cap 5-20 cm diameter, stemp 2-8 cm tall * 1-4 cm thick
This large species has a grey to dark-brown hat with a depressed center, and sturdy stem. The hat becomes red when it is injured but then turns blackish-grey. The crumbly but firm flesh is off-white when cut, slowly turning red and then black. Its gills have a very sharp taste. The inedible Russula grows under various deciduous and coniferous trees.