Hemileccinum subglabripes is a long name for a great edible bolete that's easy to identify. Read on and I'll explain what you need to know.
Throughout my experience hunting mushrooms in Minnesota, I can definitely say I have seen a greater variety of boletes than any other mushroom. There are a ton of different species though, and they can be difficult to identify. Their colors may shift and change with age, after being cut or bruised, yellow can turn to green, pink to brown.
As well when dropped in a bag with other mushrooms or having been jostled around a bit, many will stain and change color as well and I have come home a number of times with a few unidentifiable, black bruised boletes.
These striking yellow boletes were a great find a couple years back, and were a great exercise in bolete identification.
Story goes that my friend and I went up to Northern Minnesota during the late summer to hunt lobster mushrooms and Leccinums. We were in the northern ⅓ of Minnesota-an area I don't get to explore often. Because the northern portion of the state is a very different terrain, similar to taiga, we tend to see a somewhat different variety of fungus than in the southern ⅔ of the state, where it's mostly hardwoods, as opposed to the conifer, birch and aspen woods of the north.
After misidentifying it a couple times, we finally came upon Hemi-Leccinum subglabripes. If you know a thing or two about boletes, it gets easier to make some distinctions about it.
Firstly these are yellow, very yellow, yellow stem with bright yellow pores and a light brown cap that darkens with age. It's shape is similar to a Leccinum in that it has a long, thin stem, and has pores instead of gills. It's stem lacks the bulbous-ness you sometimes see in boletes though.
Another tell tale characteristic is that these don't bruise at all when sliced, but what's truly confusing is that even though it's placed in the Leccinum family right now, it lacks the little black hairs or fibrils on it's stem which is indicative of the species.
In the kitchen, these act like any other bolete, they love to be dried and it concentrates their flavor. They're a natural to add to soups, sauces and gravies and make decent pickles too.
There is one thing that I would mention though as far as eating goes, and that's that until further research is done, I would be careful about eating them fresh. I have had severe gastro intestinal distress from certain members of the Leccinum family, but only fresh, and under-cooked.
I have never had a problem eating any species of Leccinum dried. Since their flavor is much richer post drying, and since being a bolete they have a relatively short shelf life, I suggest you dry these to enjoy them, or make sure you cook them very well.
Recipes I've made for boletes or where they can be substituted. These will make a great addition to mushroom blends, fresh or dried.
- Wild Mushroom Conserve
- Wild Mushroom Duxelles
- Dried Wild Mushroom Duxelles
- Fresh Bolete Butter
- Fresh Boletes With Radish Snaps and Peas
- Fresh Bolete Julienne
- Baby Chicken With Bolete-Wine Sauce
- Mixed Wild Mushrooms With Persillade
- Cream of Bolete Soup With Black Walnut Pesto
- Shrimp With Bolete Infused Soy-Brandy Cream
Wondering which leccinums gave you intestinal distress? Been reading about "red capped" leccinums being the culprit but I'm yet to experience this myself, though I've always consumed previously dried leccinums.
Hi Kate, red-capped Leccinums picked under pine were the culprits. Id be careful with red-capped aspen boletes too.
Hmm.. thanks for the warning, was the cap really red, or are we talking about a birch bolete like... sort of orange?
It was very, very red, almost sanguine. Check my post on scaber stalks for some pictures.
Good to know, thank you
I have been pulling these up for this first year of
Them showing up. Not knowing anything about
Them, I disposed them!
Maybe we will try them.
They're a great little mushroom. I don't see them too often up here in MN.
Hi I'm currently in the north Ontario and found great number of them all over this region. Thank you for your article Alan. Good memories of BC. CHEERS !
Baha!! Yeah these are a fun one.
Have some in the fridge rn having awaited id. Might try with some eggs and lobster mushrooms in the morn.
Just make sure to cook them thoroughly if you don't dehydrate them. Leccinum are known for GI upset when undercooked, and I'm speaking from experience there.