Northern Bushcraft

King Bolete

Cepe
  • cap is up to 35cm wide, convex, reddish to yellowish brown, smooth but often uneven.
  • underside of cap consists of pores, off-white to olive in age, with no pink tinge.
  • flesh is white; flesh and pores unchanging when bruised.
  • stem is white or tinted yellow/brown with a characteristic fine, white network extending down from the top of the stem, variable in shape.
  • partial veil absent.
  • grows singly or as many in conifer and hardwood stands.
  • appears in spring, summer and fall.
  • has a mild and pleasant taste with no odor; cook before eating.
  • tip: boletes are mushrooms that grow on the ground and have a sponge-like surface on the underside of the cap - tiny pores, rather than gills. There are no deadly-poisonous boletes, though some varieties can cause nausea/vomiting. An unknown bolete is safe if it does not bruise blue after being cut, is not red on the underside of the cap, and does not taste foul.
  • Small amounts should be consumed when testing an unfamiliar bolete.
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