Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mystery Bolete: Solved!

I was 99% certain I could eat the boletes I found on Thursday... but that 99% wasn't enough. Here are some shots:

My Audubon guidebook didn't contain the species, so this morning I decided to try again via my copy of James Kimbrough's Common Florida Mushrooms.

Lo and behold, it was in there! And it's edible! Check out these scans:

Everything matches... from the color to the look and the odor. And it was discovered under live oaks on a shaded lawn. Definitely Tylopilus tabacinus. With a confirmed ID in the bag... I put the mushrooms in the dehydrator and will soon make soup.

If you want to get your own copy of Common Florida Mushrooms, get it from the UF store - not from Amazon. It's a LOT cheaper. For a Florida mushrooms hunter, this book is a must-have.

A thanks also must go to, particularly to those who gave suggestions in this thread.

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At September 20, 2014 at 10:32 PM , Anonymous Andi said...

Awesome! Please post after you cook them- I want to know how they taste!

At September 20, 2014 at 10:38 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

I will. I also found some wild chanterelles this afternoon in a field behind my house. I took my time IDing them, asked others... and then ate them. They were delicious - and now I know yet another wild edible I can harvest.


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