Regarding a recent post of B. subvelutipes, a comment was made that B. discolor is an old, possibly defunct, name. But this is what this type is called in the big NA bolete book. Dingy sort of bumpy cap surface is variably colored… orange, grayish, brownish. Lacks white/red the hairy/fuzzy/tomentose stalk base that one looks for in B. subvelutipes. Bluing can be evry dark, almost black. Extremely common here in PA. I would have photographed a better specimen, but a group of foragers had already collected most of them…. for eating!! They tell me that boiling makes them edible.
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is past prime, and the (presumably) orange cap tones have completely faded to a dingy grayish brown. Hope to find a better specimen to post this week.
The foragers who collect these boletes for the table are Russian immigrants. I run into them occasionally at one of my favorite spots. They also collect T. felleus. Some of the first generation Polish Americans of my father’s generation gathered the red capped Russulas rather indiscriminately and boiled them all together as a prelude to preparation for eating. The only types of mushroom for which I do this are the Honeys (Armillaria sp.).
for B. discolor;
my concept of discolor is a bright orange-yellow cap when young becoming duller and browner as it ages but usually a lighter yellow-brown to olive-brown cap then this. the ones I’ve seen have had a lighter margin and a darker center.
I don’t see it often, (twice last year, which was a great bolete year)
if somebody has a better understanding on the red-pored dark blueish-black staining boletes speak up.
My opinion is- if you have to boil a mushroom to make it edible, it’s not worth eating…
in Europe I have tried all red-pored boletes I have found and all tasted good and none caused digestic upset … even Boletus satanas did nothing to my stomach (in small quantities and young specimen; old ones stink)… especially B. queletii is a good edible when cooked more than twenty minutes and B. discolor in our sense is a variety of B. queletii although this observation is clearly not the one from Europe but closely allied.
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