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Butter Bolete

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
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A great and usually large mushroom, almost as good as the Penny Bun with a firm texture.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Butter Bolete, Oak Bolete
Scientific Name Boletus / Butryboletus appendiculatus
Season Start Jul
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 12
Average Cap width (CM) 20
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Rusty to red brown or sometimes lighter, often irregular, sometimes has a ‘cracked’ skin especially near the centre.

Pores

Lemon yellow, tight sponge like pores that darken a bit with age. These will bruise to a blue colour.

Stem

Straight or clavate, club shaped, lemon yellow at the top with yellow reticulation, (a mesh or net like covering) then usually a change to a pale orange to red towards the base.

Flesh

White to pale yellow. Turning blue when cut, the base bruising rusty brown.

Habitat

Mainly around Oak but will grow with other deciduous trees.

Possible Confusion

Other Boletes. Although the Oak Bolete is quite distinctive care should be taken when trying to identify this mushroom as it breaks the simple edible rules for Boletes (if a bolete has red on it anywhere, do not eat it and if it stains blue when cut, again, don’t eat it).

Spore Print

Olivaceous/brown. Subfusiform.

Taste / Smell

Excellent.

Frequency

Uncommon.

COMMENTS

2 comments for Butter Bolete

  1. John Way Isle of Wight says:

    Believed to have found one last week.
    Am in the process of drying it.(sliced)

    1. Poppy Ives says:

      Please only eat them if you are 100% sure that you have a Butter Bolete.

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