Boletus sensibilis (“Curry Bolete”)

Smells like curry. Yellow pores, yellow flesh, red-brown cap, & yellow stem (which may have pink/red by base) all blue instantly & profoundly.

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Description

Genus: Boletus

Species: sensibilis

Common Name: “Curry Bolete”

Tells: Smells like curry. Yellow pores, yellow flesh, red-brown cap, & yellow stem (which may have pink/red by base) all blue instantly & profoundly.

Other Information: The stem occasionally has fine netting on top. Blue-stained pores will eventually fade to reddish brown.

Edibility: Avoid/iffy. Many people eat and enjoy this mushroom, and recent reports say that it is a good edible. Older books list it as a sick-maker for many people, however, and received lore deserves a certain amount of respect. We have promoted it to “iffy” based on BENA and all the discussions online, but it is definitely one to approach with a bit of skepticism, cook thoroughly, and not to gorge on until you are very used to it.

CHEMICAL TESTS:

  • NH4OH (Ammonia): Cap skin and flesh both turn yellow.
  • KOH: Cap skin and flesh both turn yellow.
  • FeSO4 (Iron Salts): Cap skin turns greenish-gray. Cap flesh turns yellow-orange to yellow-brown.

Links:

National Audubon Society Field guide to Mushrooms, Gary Lincoff 567 Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians 316

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North American Boletes 157 150

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