Bitter Beech Bolete
Although not poisonous, this mushroom will ruin any dish you put it in due to its extreme bitterness.
|Common Names||Bitter Beech Bolete (EN), Cap Tyllog Chwerw'r Ffawydd (CY), Gorzkoborowik Żółtopory (PL), Farkastinóru (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Boletus / Caloboletus calopus|
|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.
Cloudy grey with some tan hints. Starting a bit downy but becoming smooth with age. Can crack towards the centre.
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.
Pale yellow but turning immediately off white on cutting and changing to blue after a short time.
Other Boletes, particularly the Rooting Bolete (Caloboletus radicans), pictured.
Taste / Smell
Thanks for the advice, I found what I initially thought was a red cracked bolete but after seeing your video on red cracked boletes and comparing with a bitter bolete, I realised that I had a bitter bolete. As soon as I cut it, the flesh and gills turned blue – oh well hopefully better luck on my next foraging trip.