Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Now I'm hungry

They look like whole-wheat bread dough, viewed from above.

Boletus mushrooms.

Boletus are easily recognizable because instead of gills, the cap has a fleshy, pored underside.

On these, the pores are yellow.

E-Flora has 25 species of Boletus and 5 other boletes under different species names in BC. My guide book, Common Mushrooms of the Northwest, adds another. They are extremely variable, even those of the same species, coming in a variety of colours, white, red, orange, brown, black. But they all have that mass of pores under the cap.

Slightly purplish

Many of them are edible, some delicious. I used to harvest them up north; the local species made a good, beefy gravy. Squirrels eat them. So do slugs. And worms. And famously, pigs.

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Estos hongos se parecen a masa para pan de grano de trigo entero. Son boletos; se conocen porque en vez de tener lamelas, bajo el sombrerete llevan una masa de poros.

El sitio de E-Flora registra 30 especies de boletos en Colombia Británica; mi libro guía añade una más. Son muy variables, aun dentro de una misma especie, presentándose en muchos colores: blanco, rojo, anaranjado, café, y hasta negro. Pero todos llevan los poros.

Muchos son comestibles, algunos deliciosos. Cuando yo vivía en el norte, los buscaba en el bosque. La especie de la localidad hacía una buena salsa, con sabor a carne de res. Aparte de los humanos, las ardillas los comen. Y las babosas. Y muchos gusanos. Y tan famosos son como alimento de cerdos, que unos llevan el nombre, B. porcini.

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