Red Cracked Bolete
Common but like all Boletes they can take time to spot, once one is found you will usually find more in the area. This mushroom can be much maligned by foragers as the texture is a bit soft and slimy when cooked but if the pores are removed and the mushroom fried hard or dried, re-hydrated and cooked the texture is very much improved.
|Scientific Name||Boletus / Xerocomellus chrysenteron|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||8|
|Average Cap width (CM)||12|
A dull smooth brown cap when young then cracking to show pale yellow/buff underneath with hints of red. Where slugs have eaten the cap, which they often do, the damage shows red.
White to cream in the cap with slight blueing above the pores after a couple of minutes, more red in the stem especially towards the base.
Being a relatively small Bolete with the cracking top and red showing through with damage it is hard to confuse this fungi apart from with other Xerocomoid Boletes.
Olive green to brown. Subfusiform.
Taste / Smell
Not distinctive when fresh, similar to the Penny Bun when cooked.