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King Bolete is in the Boletaceae family. This is a very popular, tasty, meaty mushroom that grows in many countries. It has many names such as king, cep, porcini, and penny bun. This popular mushroom has been drawn, painted, and sculpted by countless artists. King boletes are often very large and stately with a thick club shaped stem, thick cap and an impressive appearance. They are one of the finest edible mushrooms. Although it can be used in any recipe calling for cultivated (button) mushrooms, they truly excel in risotto dishes and omelettes.
The cap, on average, is 5cm to 25cm (2" to 10") across, smooth, and quite thick. It can also be sticky in damp weather. The cap is convex becoming flat at maturity. The color is variable from light brown to reddish brown. It is dense when young becoming a spongy with age with a pleasant aroma. The stem (stipe) is thick and club-shaped. When young it is often almost as thick at the bottom as the cap is wide. Often the stem is slightly reticulated; with the reticulation most pronounced near the top. The color varies from whitish cream to reddish brown. The stipe can get to 10cm (4") in diameter at the widest point. When cut, the flesh is generally white all around, but occasionally has some yellow stains near the base of the stalk.
These mushrooms grow anywhere from 10cm to 20cm (4" to 8") tall.
They are frequently found at the edges of clearings in broad-leaved and coniferous forests. Boletes cannot survive without trees. (The roots of trees extend a long way, so you could find these boletes growing metres away from the trunk of its partner tree.)
King Bolete season, typically, is from September to November, especially after heavy rainfalls to the first frost. They are widely distributed throughout forests in many areas across the U.S. and Canada. This bolete co-exists with Amanita muscaria, so the brightly colored poisonous amanita is a good indicator of the king bolete presence.
No gills. Tubes (pores) are present under the cap, they are white, turning yellowish as they age.
King Boletes are sought-after edible boletes. They are a great source of dietary fiber, protein, and minerals such as selenium, manganese, zinc, and copper. Also, they contain several of the B vitamins, vitamins D, and C, as well as flavonoids, antioxidants and phenolic compounds. Always cook - never eat raw.
Boletus huronensis is a look-a-like and can cause gastric upset if consumed. The main differences are: the stipe lacks reticulation, and: the pore surface is yellow at first, becoming olive-yellow.
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