Northern Bushcraft

Larch Bolete

  • cap is up to 15cm wide, convex, golden yellow to orange-red, smooth, sticky, slimy when wet.
  • older speciments are deep chestnut-red.
  • underside of cap consists of yellow tubes arranged radially that bruise brown.
  • flesh in cap flushes faintly lilac.
  • young specimens have partial veil developing to a yellow/red ring on the stem.
  • has solid stem, possibly widening at the base, yellowish above the ring and streaky reddish/brown below.
  • intermediate/mature specimens have a faint net pattern above ring.
  • grows in groups near larch trees.
  • appears in summer and fall.
  • has a mild taste and 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 poisonous 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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