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“Foraging Boletus Mushrooms in the Woodlands”

Dear Foraging Friend and ‘Gastronome’ Fraser Simpson takes us on his 5th culinary journey searching for gourmet mushrooms with Film Maker Claudia Nye.


love on a shroomBoletus edulis (English: cep, penny bun, porcino, or king bolete, usually called porcini) is a basidiomycete fungus, and the type species of the genus Boletus.

The fungus grows in deciduous and coniferous forests and tree plantations, forming symbiotic ectomycorrhizal associations with living trees by enveloping the tree’s underground roots with sheaths of fungal tissue. The fungus produces spore-bearing fruit bodiesabove ground in summer and autumn. The fruit body has a large brown cap which on occasion can reach 35 cm (14 in) in diameter and 3 kg (6.6 lb) in weight.

Like other boletes, it hasCapture boletus purple tubes extending downward from the underside of the cap, rather than gills; spores escape at maturity through the tube openings, or pores. The pore surface of the B. edulis fruit body is whitish when young, but ages to a greenish-yellow. The stout stipe, or stem, is white or yellowish in colour, up to 25 cm (10 in) tall and 10 cm (3.9 in) thick, and partially covered with a raised network pattern, or reticulations.

Prized as an ingredient in various foods, B. edulis is an edible mushroom held in high regard in many cuisines, and is commonly prepared and eaten in soups, pasta, or risotto.

Some Boletus are not edible however, but perform a fascinating little trick when exposed to the air….


Capture fraser film gastronome. smiling.

See the film here!


To see the other episodes in this series of films click on the links below…

1.  How to identify the AMMONITE mushrooms – namely the most deadly series in the UK.

2. Wild Mushroom Foraging in the Woods – Russula Series.

3.  Mushrooms Growing on Trees.

4. Finding Hedgehog Mushrooms in the Woodlands.

and this one… 5. Finding Boletus Mushrooms in the Woodlands.


Foraging for the Best of Ingredients

“A Little Bit on the Side”

Fraser is currently developing a catering and/or supply business which is primarily vegetarian, with meat dishes that can be served ‘on the side’.

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claudia nye mugshotOriginally from Argentina, Claudia is a Scarborough based, award winning BAFTA nominated documentary film maker with 21 years experience in the field of media.

Her work ranges from broadcast (BBC/Channel Four) to private and public Commissions (Film Council/European Fund), through facilitating community based projects with the youth, and teaching in FE and HE sectors.

These movies are for Woodlands.TV and should all be ready to view online in a few months.

Will post the links ‘as and when’. X



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