Bolete ID?

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Karst
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Bolete ID?

Post by Karst » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:13 pm

Hi Folks!

I am so glad at last to join this forum!

I am quite knowledgeable about fungi, and, amongst many other things, find them fascinating.

I am familiar with a number of boletes, but this one I could not identify. Found under beech on clay in August in SE England. On cutting it flushed blue. I've reshaped and resized the photo of this many times so it is smaller than the limits, but for some reason it just won't upload. This then faded after a few minutes, as in the last photo. The taste was mild and pleasant.

Any ideas please?

Detailed photos here https://photos.app.goo.gl/pIbVjsS9lJuSFpKi2

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Re: Bolete ID?

Post by Flaxton » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:10 am

Hi Karst
Welcome to the forum. This is Boletus radicans.
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Re: Bolete ID?

Post by Karst » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:53 pm

Thank you and thank you Mal (~8

If that is the case, how is it that it tasted pleasant and mild, and not bitter?

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Re: Bolete ID?

Post by Karst » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:16 pm

Any offers on the weird anomaly?

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Re: Bolete ID?

Post by Flaxton » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:00 pm

No ideas from me

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Re: Bolete ID?

Post by roy betts » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:03 am

Fungi are very variable. Peoples sense of smell (and presumably taste) also can be very different (eg: I can't smell Freesias!).
Geoff Kibby's Boletus guide says the taste is "very bitter". BFF1 says "more or less bitter". B&K3 meanwhile says "...taste more or less mild, bitterish after being chewed for a while".
As usual with fungi, the more books/authors you consult the greater the range of measurements/descriptions of one spp. you get.

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Re: Bolete ID?

Post by adampembs » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:19 am

Karst wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:53 pm
Thank you and thank you Mal (~8

If that is the case, how is it that it tasted pleasant and mild, and not bitter?
I'm assuming you tasted it raw.

If Mal is as positive with an ID as this, you can take his word for it. He's one of the UK's most experienced mycologists.
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Re: Bolete ID?

Post by Karst » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:38 pm

Thank you Roy, that is very interesting!

And thank you Adam! Yes, I tasted it raw.

I accept it, Boletus radicans it is. Presumably it's a good job I didn't eat it!?

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