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.
|Common Names||Bay Bolete|
|Scientific Name||Boletus / Imleria badia|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||13|
|Average Cap width (CM)||15|
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.
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.
Taste / Smell
Good when fresh with the pores removed, better when dried.
A great find as Bay Boletes don’t often host maggots.