Mature specimen extremely aureolate, which put the L. manzanitae ID in doubt – never saw that.
Stipe was finely scabrous on young/emergent speciments, but scabers not strongly stained or tinged red/brown as in other L. manzanitae – another cause for doubt. Not clearly netted as in B. edulis, or maybe I just need a better hand lens. Mature specimen was so decadent that the stipe had started to exfoliate.
Majestic specimens alongside the old Barlow Trail in an area that sees only light human traffic. One specimen emerged sideways from under a conifer log, plowing it’s way out in the duff like a bull. Substrate was moss over volcanic sand and decaying conifer rubble.
Though this is probably L. manzanitae, does it bother anyone that there are no manzanita in the area and that this is more closely associated with rhododendron/huckleberry/salal in this location? Not suggesting a new species name, just acknowledgment that Leccinum are adaptable. Also, they seem to be found along roadsides most often – even an ancient, disused one like this. Any theory on why? Nutrient availability/flux better in disturbed areas?
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Bland and flavorless, yet so much potential.
So: dry saute to reduce mass, hit with a light butter coating and saute. Then, a touch of bacon salt.
Almost perfect analog to pork belly. White flesh rings like the fat portion, sponge like the lean meat. Try it! Bacon makes everything better.
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