Thursday, 3 October 2013

How to identify bolete mushrooms

Boletes are readily recognisable as the do not have gills, but little spore holes on the underside of the cap. You probably have seen them before but called Porcini or Penny Bun mushrooms. The most common boletes to look out for are:

Two Colour Bolete

Old Mans Bolete

Most boletes are edible. How to spot a poisonous bolete: 
  • The under side of the cap is blood red
  • The top of the cap is pure white (this would be a devils bolete) 
  • They DO NOT turn blue when bruised

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