Friday, 10 September 2010


Every year at this time we have an epidemic of fungi on our front lawn, underneath the big oak tree. These are a variety of Boletus, identified by the tubes opening into pores on the underneath of the cap, where the spores develop. These are in contrast to the gills with which most people are familiar - as seen in the common field mushroom.

This particular Boletus is distinguished by the way the flesh turns a shade of bluish purple almost as soon as it is broken

Many of the Boletus are edible, most famously the Cep, Boletus Edulis, but some are poisonous or are simply unpalatable. Accurate identification is essential before cooking!

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