Velvet Bolete Orgy

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My wife and I made a short mushrooming excursion to Lake Lundsjön after lunch. Little more than half an hour in the woods garnered us only four species, but huge amounts of one: velvet bolete. We went home early simply because we didn’t need more mushrooms. I’m stewing them with cream. Never had shingled hedgehog before.

  • Velvet bolete, Sandsopp, Suillus variegatus

  • King bolete, Stensopp/Karl Johan, Boletus edulis
  • Red russula, Tegelkremla, Russula decolorans
  • Shingled hedgehog, Fjällig taggsvamp, Sarcodon imbricatus

Comments

  1. #1 Monado, FCD
    September 13, 2009

    Martin, how lovely! I used to find king boletes in the woods in Muskoka (on the Canadian Shield, much like Finland I think), in the piny woods on sandy soil where some trees were taken down.

    Unfortunately I didn’t know enough about mushrooms to know if they were good to eat.

  2. #2 Martin R
    September 13, 2009

    To my knowledge very few bolete species in Sweden are poisonous, and those that are are dramatically coloured in scarlet, and very rare.

    A bolete is a mushroom with a dense carped of spore-producing cylinders under its hat. No lamelles.

  3. #3 dpug ;
    September 13, 2009

    I liked the hedghogs, but the boletes are are sublime. I actually like them dried (the distinctive flavor/perfume seems to become more pronounced) and then grated onto a nice pasta with garlic, parmesan and pepper. Mmm.getting near dinner.

  4. #4 Christina
    September 14, 2009

    Oh, I used to love hedgies! When I was a kid, I used to love picking them, too, as they are so easily recognized (and because the “hedgehog quills” felt like the back of my dad’s neck after he’d had a haircut! LOL)