Stop and pick the mushrooms

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I’m a slow runner, but slow has its advantages. I listen to audiobooks while I run, and being slow buys me more listening time. I never have race anxiety because I know I’ll be bringing up the rear. And I have time to look around for mushrooms.

The bill is for its scale, not its value

I’ve logged many miles on the trails of the Eagle Pond conservation area, in Cotuit, and I’ve learned where the good mushrooms are likely to be found. This morning, though, I found a monster bolete where I’d never seen one before. It had two cousins, right nearby, but they were a little over the hill.

Trouble is, I’m not sure exactly what kind of bolete it is. I harbored a faint hope that it was a king bolete (or cep), but I think the stalk is too deeply netted for that. The flesh has a very slight bitterness to it, and doesn’t stain. The cap is smooth and not sticky.

If you have any clues as to its identification, please let me know. Meanwhile, if you see somebody jogging along at a snail’s pace, wave!

A later-in-the-day postscript:  I sauteed it, hoping the cooking would make that slight bitterness disappear.  No such luck.  It was so bitter as to be inedible.  I still don’t know what kind of bolete it is, but I can tell you it’s not the eating kind.  Bah.

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  1. I have nothing edifying to add as I’m completely rubbish at mycology. so I’ll try and overcompensate with humour: King Bolete sounds like an Anglo-Saxon ruler.

    I’m not sure if that’s broadly funny, or just funny to me.

    I can identify the currency if that’s any help.

  2. My Czech friend Lucie taught me if its bitter raw, not to eat those type of boletes. I want to say that the type you have pictured is what she used to make he point. I am not sure the type though, I am good with naming it the nasty bolete.

  3. I just have to say, that’s a mother-beautiful mushroom, and a mighty big one at that.

    Sorry it didn’t fulfill your culinary wishes, though.

  4. Put back my twenty!
    I know you don’t walk around with that kind of money!

  5. Did you see this?

    Came to me via the OPB e-newsletter.

  6. Do you know Langston Cook?

    He speaks of foraging for mushrooms in his book. Also there’s a “mushroom queen” on Twitter.

    Careful about eating new shrooms, girl!

    • I do know Langston Cook – he’s got mad foraging skills. And I’m veeeerrrrrry careful about those mushrooms.

  7. Do you know of anyone who forages mushrooms to sell on the Cape?

    • Melissa — I don’t. I think the only way to get wild mushrooms is the hard way.

      • I grew up in SE Massachusetts and harvested a bunch of King Boletes in the area and more recently in the midwest. From your photo it sure looks like a King (Boletus Edulis). It is the only bolete that has tiny white pores on the underside of the cap and does not stain when bruised or sliced. When there is any doubt do a spore print; it should be greenish brown or olive colored if it’s a King. The best book on bolete identification is North American Boletes by Alan E. Bessette et al.

  8. Hello,

    It looks like you have found (back in Sept 19th, 2010…Tylopilus felleus…The Bitter Bolete…evidentally edible, but very bitter. I haven’t given it the opportunity to meet my taste buds.