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Edible Mushrooms: Chestnut Bolete (Gyroporus castaneus)

Gyroporus castaneusThe chestnut bolete usually grows in small groups in deciduous forests of Eastern US from summer to fall. It is especially fond of oak stands but also can be found iunder conifers. The mushroom stands 2.4 to 4 inches tall, with a  dry, convex to flat cap 1.5 to 3.75 inches wide.  It has firm flesh and a tan to chestnut color with a velvety texture.  The tubes are white, short and almost free from the stem, the pores are white and tiny, and the spore print is pale yellow. The stem is relatively slender, firm, and develops chambers or becomes hallow. Both the stem and cap may split. 

Gyroporus castaneus2Chestnut bolete is considered delicious by some, but bland by others. It may have a nutty flavor or be bitter but the firm flesh makes it a good choice for those who appreciate the flavor. Try sauteing them in butter and oil with a pinch of salt.

NB  When collecting mushrooms from the wild check with an expert before consuming any mushroom found.