a marker & graphite study of a mushroom called the bovine bolete. medieval knights despised this species and left it for cattle-drivers, hence its name. while not poisonous, it’s not particularly good eating, with its soft yet elastic flesh making it practically inedible.
Just sneezing at this fungus seems enough to turn it blue. Whenever it’s touched or damaged it instantly turns a most intense and brilliant shade. One of a few blue edible mushrooms and is an exception to the blue staining bolete rule. A safe rule to follow as there are a number of toxic ones to be wary of, like Boletus sensibilis and B. subvelutipes.
The final harvest… I found a lot of familiar edibles on this trip (crown-tipped coral, #5; lobster, #8), as well as a few boletes & shelf mushrooms I have yet to spore print.
I’ll probably toss most of the bag because there are 3 major mushroom rules to follow:
“Small & brown, put it down”
(Because most small, brown mushrooms have a lot of look-alikes and can be easily confused)
“When in doubt, throw it out”
( A lot of them were so fresh and soft that they crumbled in a heap together, so better not to play with poison, eh?)
“A shroom with a gill can make you ill”
(Some gilled mushrooms are fine, such as portobellos, but a lot are not, so better safe than sorry)
So far, the coral was delicious after cooking it up in some butter! Had a peppery taste that went nicely with my pasta.