Collection location: Palm Beach Co., Florida, USA [Click for map]
Under pine in sandy soil.
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…in NJ can occasionally be a very large mushroom, with 7-8" caps. I don’t know how size correlates with geography for this or other species.
I am totally with you on “boletes for science, not for the table”. I stopped collecting fungi for the table a few years ago, but I would still eat dishes containing mushrooms if they are offered to me.
Many species I encounter are much smaller in the south than they are in the north. Arleen showed me one from Georgia once and it was at least twice the size of what I am used to…
I have not eaten it but that is mostly because I am not as interested in Boletes for the table as I am in Boletes for science. Also, I have only seen it a handful of times and was more interested in chem. tests and spore prints than eating a cap which I just applied KoH to :)
Have you ever eaten this species? The old Texas field guide says it’s edible, but I couldn’t find any other accounts of it being comestible.
I find it a lot in the NJ Pine Barrens, as apparently it was able to jump from loblolly pine to pitch pine. It’s large, hefty and attractive bolete with a thick, solid, and always larvae-free flesh. The heavy bluing always deterred me from trying it.
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