A great mushroom to find in Summer, very similar to the Penny Bun and in the same gastronomic league with some opinions divided about which one is best.
|Common Names||Summer Bolete, Summer Cep|
|Scientific Name||Boletus reticulatus|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||15|
|Average Cap width (CM)||15|
Can have a barrel shaped or parallel off white stem overlaid with a mesh that is lighter towards the cap.
No poisonous mushrooms look similar, all the poisonous Boletus such as the Satans Boletus are either very red in the flesh or sponge, or stain blue immediately on cutting.
You could potentially confuse this mushroom with the Bitter Bolete, Tylopilus felleus, which although not poisonous will ruin any meal you are unfortunate enough to add this mushroom to. A little nibble of the mushroom when raw will soon identify it with the Summer Bolete being delicious and the Bitter Bolete being as bitter as sin! A better way to distinguish the two is that the Summer Bolete has a lighter net like mesh on a slightly darker stem, the Bitter Bolete has a darker mesh on a lighter stem, pictured.
Could be confused with a Penny Bun, Boletus edulis but the Penny Bun usually has a whiter stem, a white border around the edge of the cap, firmer flesh and comes out in late Summer and Autumn.
Olive brown. Subfusiform.
Taste / Smell
Very good but not as strong as the Penny Bun.