King Bolete, that is. Boletus edulis and, mostly, Boletus barrowsii.
After last week's outing, we figured to head up to the same area in northern NM and see what another few days of rain had brought up, mushroom wise. After a long hike finding not much, A spotted a pair of big king boletes growing right out of the shoulder of the dirt road. After running into some (inedible but spectacular) clitocybes (clitocybe candida),
we started finding more boletes, both the kings and the barrowsii. King boletes:
You can see why they're called that:
Probably no surprise to experienced mushroom hunters, these big guys were bug hotels. Nonetheless, we ended the day with a nice batch of porcini gathered mostly just road hunting. Spotting a big one from the road, then pulling off and searching the immediate area to find younger, more prime for eating specimens.
In fact, the day was so good that shortly thereafter we gathered up friend Matt and headed out for another day of mushrooming. Just a little time had made a big difference. Some of the big guys had really moved past their "best by" date:
However, once we got to looking, we started finding the white boletes almost immediately, scattered and in small bunches.
Mixed in were lots of slippery jacks (not picked), aspen boletes and a few Satan's boletes to keep us on our toes.
We're pretty sure this is a Satan's bolete:
Not something to eat, anyway.
Aspen boletes (Leccinum fibrillosum):
Here's Booker the Chessie wondering what the big deal is about some fungus, right next to another (and our largest to date) cauliflower mushroom, one of two that we found that day.
Here's another cauliflower mushroom that some woodland creature, I'm betting elk, got to first:
We saw evidence of big boletes being browsed similarly. Squirrels and mice just nibble:
Nice eating size, unnibbled, porcini buttons:
We gathered quite a lot, not knowing when we'll get back up or how long the kings will last, then got home and processed until midnight. The dehydrator filled up in no time, moving us to field expedient measures:
Porcini- they're what's for breakfast:
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