- Edibility – 3/5 – Must be cooked: chop, boil in salted water for 5 mins, discard water, rinse, then use as usual.
- Identification – 1/5 – Can be confused with other poisonous or deadly Amanitas – especially Panther Cap which does not have a grooved ring and does have a distinct rim on its volva. Despite being very easy to find, the blusher is not a beginners mushroom – never munch on a hunch!
- Distribution – 5/5 – Very common indeed
- Season: June – November
- Habitat: most conifers and deciduous trees, but especially birch, beech and pine.