Orange Birch Bolete
A tasty member of the greater Bolete family. This mushroom can sometimes also be known as the Boletus testaceoscaber or Boletus rufescens.
|Common Names||Orange Birch Bolete|
|Scientific Name||Boletus / Leccinum versipelle|
|Synonyms||Boletus versipellis, Boletus testaceoscaber, Boletus rufescens|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||20|
|Average Cap width (CM)||20|
Starting ovate opening to broadly convex and staying like that until finally flattening out a bit with age, can be slightly downy. Orange to red orange/brown or even yellowish, this mushroom can vary greatly in cap colour and the versipelle used to be thought of as several different Leccinum species. The top edge of the cap overhangs the pores a little bit which can help with identification.
White to off-white mottled with small brown to black scales which give it a dirty appearance. The stem can be longer than the diameter of the cap.
White/pale grey turning dark blue/green in the stem to dark grey/black on cooking.
The Orange Oak Bolete looks almost identical and can grow with Birch but the two are edible if well cooked.
Taste / Smell
Good, similar to the Cep. Must be well cooked before consumption as it is mildly toxic, 15 to 20 minutes apparently destroys all the toxin.