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Bay Bolete

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The Bay Bolete is a great mushroom and not far from the Penny Bun in gastronomic value. So much so, we could not differentiate between the two in a blind taste test, with only the less firm texture of the Bay Bolete giving it away.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Bay Bolete
Scientific Name Boletus / Imleria badia
Synonyms Boletus badius
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 13
Average Cap width (CM) 15
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Often starts spherical opening to convex and flattening with age. A bit velvety when young. Dark brown or brown/brick coloured, slightly slimy when wet.

Pores

Yellow, large pores, bruising rapidly to a blue/green.

Stem

Pale brown looking vertically fibrous over a paler yellow background. Can be quite thick.

Flesh

White/pale yellow. Staining pale blue/green on cutting.

Habitat

Mixed woodland.

Possible Confusion

Can look like other Boletes (see Penny Bun, pictured,) but if you stick to the simple rule of avoiding any Bolete with red on the stem, pores or cap and any Bolete whose flesh turns rapidly blue when cut you will only pick edible Boletes. You will be missing out on some good edibles with that rule but you will be keeping yourself 100% safe.

Spore Print

Green/brown. Subfusiform.

Taste / Smell

Good when fresh with the pores removed, better when dried.

Frequency

Common.

Other Facts

A great find as Bay Boletes don’t often host maggots.

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