Observation 23063: Lactarius helvus (Fr.) Fr.
When: 2009-07-09
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Sweet odor reminds me of maple syrup. I’ve found this one many times at this same location. These were some of the largest; one having stem about 8 inches long.

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I agree with Johannes
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-07-12 17:45:18 CDT (-0500)

and do not understand why people are so foolish about yellow boletes all over the northern hemisphere. If you are to eat mushrooms in any case there are much better ones than the slimy maggoty weak tasting cejps …

The quality of B. edulis
By: Dave in NE PA
2009-07-12 11:04:19 CDT (-0500)

can vary a lot with age and weather conditions. But even cap material from older less desirable specimens can often be dehydrated and used to make soup. In fact, for making my favorite bolete soup (I puree the rehydrated mushrooms) I usually use these “lower quality” ones, because texture does not matter for this creamy soup.

I have never found chanterells
By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2009-07-12 10:47:25 CDT (-0500)

but i sure hope to,
any way I have found lots of Boletus edulis, but i find them some what slimy some times not much better then Leccinum sp and some times worse………

Great!
By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2009-07-12 10:45:45 CDT (-0500)

Thanks for sharing!

When I first found
By: Dave in NE PA
2009-07-11 08:37:58 CDT (-0500)

this type about 20 years ago, I had arrived at the false conclusion they were some sort of “candy cap.” So, I tried them out and found them to be quite tasty. Eventually, I think it was probably Ray Fatto who IDed a sample for me at the New Jersey Fungus Festival. I was surprised to see that Phillips states they are “mildly poisonous.” I kept eating them (maybe one or two times per year) having convinced myself that the variety I was finding were maybe a little different than the ones in Phillips et al, as the odor of my collections was consistently more appealing than “burnt sugar” or “curry powder.” I used to saute them and then put into macaroni and cheese casserole; the maple like flavor spread out nicely. Then, one time maybe 15 years back a friend and I enjoyed such a meal, but each of us became somewhat ill within the hour… same symptom, a stomach ache that passed in about an hour. I have not since eaten any.

Then I got my copy of B/B/F and they include “maple sugar” as one description of the odor. They also state “edible and quite good”…. !!!

Moral of story… If you want to impress someone with your mushroom cooking abilities, stick with the chanterelles.

Did you….try to eat them?
By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2009-07-10 16:58:44 CDT (-0500)
When dried
By: Dave in NE PA
2009-07-10 01:34:39 CDT (-0500)

the sweet odor becomes quite pronounced, and will last for years if the mushrooms are stored in a closed jar.

looks perfect to european material,
By: Andreas Gminder (mollisia)
2009-07-10 01:27:46 CDT (-0500)

but the odor is never sweetish in our helvus but more like bugs in fresh state and then like cumarin when drying.

So L. helvus
By: Dave in NE PA
2009-07-10 00:34:15 CDT (-0500)

is the new name for (the American?) L. aquifluus…?

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