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Bitter Beech Bolete

Inedible Inedible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

Although not poisonous, this mushroom will ruin any dish you put it in due to its extreme bitterness.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Bitter Beech Bolete
Scientific Name Boletus / Caloboletus calopus
Season Start Aug
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 15
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Cloudy grey with some tan hints. Starting a bit downy but becoming smooth with age. Can crack towards the centre.

Pores

Lemon yellow, tight, sponge like pores which bruise a pale blueish green.

Stem

Lemon yellow at the top going into red and finally brown at the bottom, this is covered in a light coloured mesh. The stem has traces of ‘roots’ when pulled up.

Flesh

Pale yellow but turning immediately off white on cutting and changing to blue after a short time.

Habitat

Beech and oak but will grow with other deciduous trees.

Possible Confusion

Other Boletes, particularly the Rooting Bolete, Caloboletus radicans, pictured.

Spore Print

Olive/brown. Subfusiform.

Taste / Smell

Bitter.

Frequency

Fairly common.

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