?? Lemon cep! ??
Unbelievably excited to meet a brand new (to me!) mushroom… I present… Boletus venturii, also known as Boletus edulis var citrinus ?
Leanne @wildfoodstories and I were in a fairly typical highland pine patch and this beauty was buried deep in moss right beside the path, just peeping through… we honestly thought it was a yellow brittlegill button (which is common) but once in my hand it was clearly a cep-style bolete… in fact *exactly* like a true cep, just with a bright yellow cap… curiouser and curiouser! ?
We couldn’t find anything with this description online so I enlisted the help of my excellent fungi-knowledge trufflehound friend @jesperlaunder & he came up with this awesome ID (thanks Jesper!) listed as a variant of B. edulis in Geoffrey Kibby’s latest fabulous fungi guides, indicating it’s debated as to whether it’s a variant of B. edulis or it is a discrete species… more reading needed! ?
There is of course info about this species online now that I have the name to search for, the sites just aren’t in English… this is a super-rare find in the UK so we’re geekily chuffed to bits! ?
We’ll get it genetically confirmed & recorded. They were only just emerging so Leanne can keep an eye on that spot and see how large the patch really is. And, as I had a nibble to explore the flavour whilst trying to ID it (tastes just like cep) I can totally add this to my personal ‘edible fungi: found, tried & not died’ list ?