Boletus edulus?

Several years ago, I found my outdoor picture-taking adventures focused on fungi, not normally in my mental viewscape. Conditions were perfect for ‘shroom growth, and I discovered them scattered across the forest floor. Even at their best, though, some fungi are basically rather ugly….

What kind, you ask? I can’t remember about the underside of this one, but my guess is it’s a boletus, the kind with a spongy underside rather than gills. For you fans of cooking, or of Mario Batali, the Italian porcini is known botanically as a Boletus edulus, and there are other tasty boletes.

But maybe I’m repeating myself!


  1. kayak woman says:

    I wonder if that mushroom is related to my grandmother, Bolette.

  2. Sammy says:

    those frenchies…

  3. kayak woman says:

    Danish, actually. And not a blood relation, since she married my grandfather the year before I was born or thereabouts.

  4. Sammy says:

    See how complicated genetics are? On another topic, just what are Froggy’s genetics? Product of a short-lived relationship between a nightmare and the moon? Wheee-oooo.