Red Cracked Bolete (Xerocomellus Chrysenteron) Identification

Red Cracked Bolete / Summer / Autumn / Edible

Scientific Name

Xerocomellus Chrysenteron


Common Names

Red Cracked Bolete, Red Cracking Bolete.


Family

Boletales


Habitat

Under deciduous trees most commonly with Beech and Oak.


Description 

A fairly common mushroom, they tend to be over looked by some foragers as the texture is quite soft, but they dry very well.


Identifying Features for the Red Cracking Bolete:

Cap:

Brown to buff, as they age they develop cracks that show a thin layer of red flesh. The flesh may bruise blue when damaged.

Danny S., CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Stem:

Yellow to light brown in colour, covered in a network of red fibres that gives the stem the appearance of a stick of rhubarb.

Jerzy Opioła, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Gills:

Pores rather than gills, they are yellow when young before become almost green, the pores when bruise blue when damaged.

Danny S., CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Smell:

Mushroomy.


Spores:

Olive green to brown.


Uses

In food

If you use them fresh they can be quite wet and slimy, they are much better dried and then rehydrated before use. They must be thoroughly cooked before consumption.

Maja Dumat from Deutschland (Germany), CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Harvesting                       

They tend to be one of the first Boletes to appear, once you spot one it normally leads you to another and so on.

Remove the pores as soon as possible, not only are they soggy when cooked but they deteriorate very quickly.


Known hazards

None Known.


Potential lookalikes

Although it breaks the ‘red or blue will make you spew’ rule for Boletes, it’s quite an easy to ID mushroom about the only things that look similar are other Xerocomoid Boletes.

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