(King Bolete, Porcini, Cepe, King Boleta, Penny Bun, Boleta Mushroom, Boletus edulis)
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Spore Print: Olive to Brown
Color: Red to Brown
This mushroom can be found from 7,000ft all the way up to treeline. They can be very abundant at higher elevations around 10,000 ft. They are typically on hillsides along streams under spruce trees as Boletus rubriceps is mycorrhizal with spruce.
The Boletus rubriceps or King Bolete is a very large mushroom that is very easy to identify. This is one of the most common hunted mushrooms in Colorado. Season from June through August typically. Once you see one you will never forget. Lookalikes include some Leccinum species which can be ruled out by black scales on the stem, along with staining blackish grey, reddish or other colors when they are cut in half after several minutes. Leccinum species are usually found in Aspen groves and sometimes conifers. The King Bolete Mushroom will stay white when cut in half and is usually found under conifers.
The caps are great sauteed in butter, brushed with olive oil and grilled, or caps filled with cheese and broiled. They can be cut into 1/4 strips and sun dried for preservation for use in soups, gravies, or used as flavorings.
Try them with a butter creme sauce over sliced french bread or baguette.
This species was renamed recently in Colorado and the southern rocky mountains.
Jul 20 2021 12:42 PM