Last Updated - 2.18.2015
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
Formerly Aborted entoloma
Bear's Head Tooth
Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Chicken of the Woods
Corrugated Cap Milky
Hedgehog Mushroom Big
Hen of the Woods
Horn of Plenty
Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans
Lingzhi / Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae
Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard
Meadow Mushrooms / Pinkies
Quilted Green Russula
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor
RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE
The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ).