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Red Cracked Bolete

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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.

Mushroom Type
Common Names
Scientific Name Boletus / Xerocomellus chrysenteron
Season Start Jul
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 12
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

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.

Pores

Yellow pores slightly greening with age. Bruises greenish.

Stem

Buff to yellow with red fibres overlaid especially from the middle to the base.

Flesh

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.

Habitat

Under broad leaved trees.

Possible Confusion

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.

Spore Print

Olive green to brown. Subfusiform.

Taste / Smell

Not distinctive when fresh, similar to the Penny Bun when cooked.

Frequency

Common.

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