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Near a stream with hemlock, beech, birch.

Context whitish in cap, pale yellow in stipe. Bluing (not strongly) in cap context above tubes and around the juncture of cap/stipe. Bluing faded after 30 minutes.

10% KOH
1. on cap: blue flash quickly to green, transitioning to bright olivaceus-yellow.
2. on pores: orangish, becoming darker after a minute; becoming muddy brown on pores of post-mature mushroom.
3. Stipe surface: pale orangish (weak reaction).
4. Stipe context: very weak.

1. on cap: pale bluish becoming yellowish.
2. on pores: darkening.
3. stipe surface: nil to weak.
4. stipe context: nil.


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By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-06-16 16:27:38 PDT (-0700)

last year, year before, I forget… Gary Lincoff told a story about someone providing a large quantity of red-pored boletes for a dinner attended by several people. Despite his being initially skeptical, he said the meal was very good. I think I remember the preparation including a par-boil.

“Boil first, then okay”
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-06-16 09:51:44 PDT (-0700)

Maybe the advice of the EE fella with regard to detoxifying subvelutipes by boiling before consumption has some merit. Why else would the guy be stuffing his basket with this bolete? I recall reading Noah’s comment vis-a-vis the edibility of some NA red-pored types somewhere on MO — apparently they have been unjustifiably black-listed…

People eat this?
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-06-16 09:34:30 PDT (-0700)

It’s got s bad reputation in the literature. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. As one mushroom hunter with a basket full of subvelutipes once told me, in East European accent, “boil, and is good.”

Yes, of course,
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-06-16 09:00:51 PDT (-0700)

it’s still very early in the season — technically we haven’t reached summer yet. I was just referring to last June’s bolete cornucopia some of us have experienced, which is perhaps an unfair comparison even with a “normal” season. When the conditions are right, early July is the time when hardwood-associated boletes begin to pop out in NJ, and, as I mentioned before, usually my home state drags behind the mid-Atlantic and New England. Low moisture levels are of much concern, as March and April were very dry and May’s rainfall was just normal. Now, June is shaping up to be another dry month. Take a look at the interactive map at — most locations east and northeast of Lakes Erie and Ontario to the Atlantic coast are 3-8" below the norm over the last 90 days.
It’s interesting that some intrepid souls collect “mini-o” for the table. Even if non-poisonous I wouldn’t think it’s a good edible.

It’s still early in the season.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2016-06-16 08:28:15 PDT (-0700)

I think we still have a 2-3 week window for the early summer boletes. No significant drought in progress. So I think it’s gonna take just one good rainfall to get things going. But like you say Igor, we need this soon.

I was lucky to find the barely mature specimen seen here. Seems like very desirable material. Not a single insect tunnel. Somebody had cut down a number of these along the trail. They missed the spot with this pair.

By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-06-16 08:22:00 PDT (-0700)

It’s nice to see you are finding some boletes in your area.
Unfortunately, so far the season was not as robust as we had hoped it would be. We need more rain, and that’s an understatement.
Nice observation and good documentation.