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Pine Bolete

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A great tasting mushroom that looks and tastes like the Penny Bun, the slight differences are the cap being red/brown instead of dark brown and the off white, slightly red stem.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Pine Bolete (EN), Cap Tyllog Pinwydd (CY), Borowik Sosnowy (PL), Vörösbarna Vargánya (HU)
Scientific Name Boletus pinophilus
Season Start Aug
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10-14
Average Cap width (CM) 7-12
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


7-12 cm. White when very young turning dark grey/brown until becoming mainly red with maturity. It is usually more red than brown which can be the only way to differentiate it from the Penny Bun.


Has tiny white pores which will yellow with age.


10-14 cm long, 4-7 cm diameter. The stem can be tapering, parallel or barrel shaped but is always quite stout and is usually off white to slightly red/orange with white, mesh like reticulation.


White, firm flesh.


With pines but will grow with other coniferous trees. Mainly found in Scotland.

Possible Confusion

The Penny Bun (Boletus edulis), pictured, or the Summer Bolete (Boletus reticulatus) both look very similar, the Pine Bolete has a more red cap than the dark brown of the Penny Bun or lighter grey/brown of the Summer Bolete.

Spore Print

Olive Brown. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Strong and mushroomy.


Not common apart from in Scotland.


2 comments for Pine Bolete

  1. Tania says:

    Hi , could you please advise where to find guidance how to cook this mushrooms? does it require boiling in a water or could be strait a way fried for 10 minutes ?

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      The Pine Bolete can be eaten raw although I don’t recommend eating wild mushrooms raw, so frying for a few minutes will be fine.

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