Edibility and Preparation
I find the edible species sweet and mild, with a delicate texture. Almost any cooking method works with them. Just avoid overpowering them with strongly-flavored ingredients or spices.
Unfortunately, Russulas are highly perishable. They usually appear the day after a heavy summer rainstorm, the best time to look for them. Two days after the rain is usually too late. Specialized flies lay their eggs on them, and the day after the mushrooms appear, they're already riddled with maggots and inedible.