Northern Bushcraft

Red Cracked Bolete

  • cap is up to 11cm wide, convex, medium to dark brown with characteristic cracks and damaged pink patches that have a red tinge.
  • older specimens have a planar cap with deeper cracks.
  • underside of cap has yellow pores that buise blue or blue/green.
  • flesh is white to reddish near the skin, slowly bruises blue or blue/green.
  • stem is dull yellow, possibly streaked red, dry, often curved.
  • appears in the spring, summer and fall.
  • grows singly to numerous in conifer/hardwood stands.
  • has a mild taste with no odor; cook before eating.
  • tip: boletes are mushrooms that grow on the ground and have a spongy tubular 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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