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Observation 100379: Xanthoconium Singer

When: 2012-07-13

Collection location: East Lyme, Connecticut, USA [Click for map]

Who: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)

No specimen available

I found this one in the middle of a very sandy dirt road lined with mixed trees (mostly deciduous). I wish I had my camera w/me to show this very interesting habitat. What struck me abt. it is the flavor. It is about the most flavorful bolete I’ve tasted fresh. The cap flesh seems like it was seasoned (salt &/ umami added), yet I know for sure no one had actually added any. The pores have a bit of a lemony flavor like some Suillus I’ve encountered. This is the 3rd mushroom I’ve tasted from a microwave that tasted really good that way. I’m expecting steaming will do well, except for how the pores could absorb excess moisture. Anyway, I look fwd. to learning its identity.

As for bruising, what you see is the extent of it.


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Boletes are interesting. I’m glad to learn them more deeply than I used to.
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2012-07-16 13:30:00 -03 (-0300)

Bill Y.: I wish I had brought the specimen w/me on Sat. Anyway, your explanation makes sense and you’ve brought me to be confident in its genus. Thank you.

Does anyone have comments on how its cap could have a salt/umami flavor, as if someone seasoned it? I found that very interesting.

Xanthoconium no doubt…
By: Bill (boletebill)
2012-07-16 12:44:41 -03 (-0300)

because of the degraded condition (dried out, bleached by the sun and rain) of the specimen it’s not possible to tell which Xan it is. It is most likely X. purpureum which is extremely common and plentiful from this part of CT. It’s not useful to try to press the distinction between X. purpureum and X. affine for this OB without the mushroom in hand IMHO. The stature of this mushroom is more consistant with X. purpureum than X affine in my experience and since the colors are gone and we can’t do macro-chemical tests it’s seems to be moot. In the oak woodlands of SE Ct X. purpureum is more common than X, affine

By: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)
2012-07-15 17:47:24 -03 (-0300)

Wow Mycowalt, “as if”. Do you have any opinion about what it is?