Last Updated - 2.18.2015
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
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Aborted Armillaria
Armillaria abortivum
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Formerly
Aborted entoloma

Artist's Conk
Ganoderma applanatum

Bear's Head Tooth
Hericium americanum

Birch Polypore
Piptoporus betulinus

Black Trumpets
Craterellus fallax

Blewits
Clitocybe nuda

Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Hypholoma sublateritium

Cauliflower Mushroom
Sparassis spathulata

Chicken of the Woods
Laetiporus sulphureus

Chaga
Inonotus obliquus

Comb Tooth
Hericium coralloides

Common Laccaria
Laccaria laccata

Corrugated Cap Milky
Lactarius corrugis

Dryad's Saddle
Polyporus squamosus

Giant Puffball
Langemannia gigantea

Golden Chanterelle
Cantharellus cibarius

Hedgehog Mushroom Big
Dentinum repandum

Hedgehog Little
Dentinum umbilicatum

Hen of the Woods
Grifola frondosa

Honey Mushrooms
Armilleria mellea

Horn of Plenty
Craterellus cornucopioides

Horse Mushroom
Agaricus arvensis

Hygrophorus Milky
Lactarius hygrophoroides

Lilac Bolete
Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans

Lingzhi / Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae

Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard
Hericium erinaceus

Meadow Mushrooms / Pinkies
Agaricus compestris

Oyster Mushroom
Pleurotus ostreatus

Purple-gilled Laccaria
Laccaria ochropurpurea

Quilted Green Russula
Russula virescens

Red Chanterelle
Cantharellus cinnabarinus

Rooted Oudemansiella
Oudemansiella radicata

Shaggy Mane
Coprinus comatus

Smooth Chanterelle
Cantharellus lateritius

Tinder Fungus
Fomes fomentarius

Turkey Tail
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor

Two-colored Bolete
Boletus bicolor

Voluminous-latex Milky
Lactarius volemus

Winter Chanterelle
Cantharellus tubaeformis
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RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE

The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
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Boletus subcaerulescens

Almost Bluing King Bolete

Here is one of the members of the former 'complex' of King Boletes that finally has made it on it's own, that is, it is now widely recognized as being a separate species in the Boletus genus. At one time it was named Boletus edulis ssp. subcaerulescens but now just Boletus subcaerulescens
( sub=almost + -caerul = blue + -escens = becoming ).
Photo of several Almost Bluing King Boletes

A long time ago I used to brag, in jest of course, to fellow mushroom lovers whenever I found a bunch of these saying something like ' Wow did I get a bunch of Porcini's today', or ' Last week I picked 20 pounds of King Boletes'. Of course back then it was proper to call them that, even though a subspecies. Alas, bragging now that I found 15 pounds of Almost Bluing King's does not have the same effect.

Notwithstanding that the taxonomists made it less fun, the finding, picking and eating is still a great joy. They are still Porcini to me. Actually I consider them Steinpilze more then Porcini because in my youth I used to go with my grandfather to the Black Forest and pick those, all surrounded by pine, which these are generally found in ( big spruce here in my area ) so these, which are so similar, remind me of those old days.

Why are they Almost Bluing? Because when the pore surface is bruised the bruise slowly almost becomes bluish. The color change stops though when it is almost blue, ending as a grayish blue ( sort of like a Payne's gray on some specimens ) then after about 25 minutes the bluish/gray bruise turns to brownish.

Photo demonstrating the bruising color change to bluish-gray on the pore surface of Almost Bluing King Bolete
Photo demonstrating the bruising color change from bluish-gray to brownish on the pore surface of Almost Bluing King Bolete.
The upper photo shows the bluish/gray bruise.
The photo below shows that same bruise that has transformed to brownish after approximately 25 minutes.


Cap is brownish red, sometimes slightly less intense. Often the cap will be incurved when young. Also you will often see some wrinkling on the cap surface.
Pore surface, when young, is cream white.
Good eating specimens are solid. Leave the ones that are not solid as a rock. Indeed, the German name - Steinpilz - literally translates to 'stone mushroom', that is, hard as a stone ( just a bit of hyperbole ).
Photo of Almost Bluing King Bolete.
Photo of several Almost Bluing King Bolete's.
 
Stalk has reticulations, that is, a fishnet like network covering the stalk surface. The reticulations will be brownish near the bottom becoming whitish as you go toward the top. The base color on the stalk will often contain some pinkishness.
As the pores mature they start their transformation to darker cream, yellowish, yellowish olive, olive and then brownish olive.

Boletus subcaerulescens can become huge with cap sizes approaching 12 inches or more.
As the mushroom matures the cap color lightens quite a bit to a light brown. Don't eat the big ones.
Photo of the underside of a Almost Bluing King Bolete showing the stalk's reticulations, coloring and yellowing pore surface.

Just as in most Boletus edulis complex varieties the actual flesh of the mushroom is proportionately in more prominence than the pore layer, even in mature specimens where the pores are turning yellow, like the photo below.
Photo showing the context ( flesh  ) and the pore layer proportions on a bisected Almost Bluing King Bolete.

Flesh in the stem and cap is whitish.
When young, like photo below demonstrates, there will be some mottling. There is no color change when cut or bruised.
Photo of a bisected Almost Bluing King Bolete - young specimen with mottled context.

I have been finding these for years in stands of old growth Norway Spruce. When the conditions are right they will be popping out on droves. One or two places I go to actually produce so many that I get tired of picking and trimming.
Photo of several Almost Bluing King Bolete's freshly popping up under Norway Spruce.



Here is a great photo I took of Boletus subcaerulescens. It makes a real good 'Background' for a computer's desktop. Help yourself.

Boletus subcaerulescens - A/K/A - Boletus edulis ssp. subcaerulescens, Almost Bluing Boletus edulis, Almost Bluing King Bolete.
DATE - Mid August through October.
FOUND - In spruce stands. I prefer old growth Norway Spruce but that's a personal thing. They don't have to be large tracts of spruce. Small stands here and there work just fine.

Wet weather conditions in late Summer and Fall is ideal. I incorporate the Golden Chanterelle season ( Late July through August ) with these fine edibles and then again when the Hen of the Woods usually begin ( Late August to late September ).
The Spring, Summer and Fall of 2011 were very good seasons for almost all mushrooms.

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