The Country Diary of a GenX Woman

Rhubarb and Custard?

Rhubarb BoleteWhen I first started trying to identify this colourful mushroom, I thought it was going to be Plums and Custard (Tricholomopsis rutilans), but I noticed that it had yellow pores rather than gills, so it is actually a Rhubarb Bolete (Boletellus obscurecoccineus).  Apparently it is common in the Southwest, but these are the first I have seen, they are also found in Borneo, New Guinea and Japan.  Rhubarb boletes only grow to 8cm in diameter, so are smaller than the other mushrooms I have been finding.   Its edibility is “unknown” but its scaly stem is not very attractive looking.  When I broke a bit off, I was surprised at the whiteness of the flesh and how the spongy pore layer was actually made up of little rods.

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