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Peppery Bolete

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

This mushroom can be dried and ground and used as a pepper like condiment or eaten cooked by people who like hot chillies.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Peppery Bolete (EN), Cap Tyllog Poeth (CY), Maślaczek Pieprzowy (PL), Borsos Tinóru (HU)
Scientific Name Boletus / Chalciporus piperatus
Season Start Aug
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 6-9
Average Cap width (CM) 5-8
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


5-8 cm. Cinnamon to brown,  shiny even when dry and can crack with age.


Angular, cinnamon to brown pores. Unchanging when bruised.


6-9 cm long, 0.5-2 cm diameter. Fairly thin for a Bolete, yellow to cinnamon coloured with hints of red and vertically striated. The stem is chrome yellow at the base but this can often be covered by earth.


Yellow with a slight reddish flush in the cap, chrome yellow at the very base of the stem.


With Birch or Pine and often found in association with where Fly Agarics grow.

Possible Confusion

A small nibble on this Bolete will soon give its identity away due to its hot peppery taste.

Spore Print

Cinnamon. Subfusiform, ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Peppery and hot.


Fairly common.


3 comments for Peppery Bolete

  1. Robert Malcolm Kay says:

    Delicious: I have no idea why some sources are negative about this mushroom: I find it exceptionally tasty: perfect to spice up a curry, or a cheese sarny.

  2. nick haywood says:

    started appearing this year [ in scotland ] around the base of some larch trees we planted ! i think that they look like peppery boletes but im not confident !!

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      The cinnamon coloured pores, bright chrome yellow mycelium at the base and finally, the peppery taste make this Bolete safe to identify.

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