Where to find King Boletes?

a group of King Boletes (Boletus edulis)
a group of King Boletes (Boletus edulis)

Where to find king boletes? You must know king boletes are quite hard to find !

The King Bolete is a unique but also quite common fungus in our forests. To our delight!

But “common” does not mean easy to find!

Are you wondering how to hunt it effectively?

Read this article to increase your chances of finding King Boletes!

a group of King Boletes (Boletus edulis)
a group of King Boletes (Boletus edulis)

All you need to know about King Boletes before you go hunting

What is a King Bolete?

This top-notch mushroom is also known as Cep, Porcino and Penny-Bun Bolete. Its scientific name is Boletus Edulis.

So basically, when a mushroomer talks about one of these names, it’s the same mushroom.

How to harvest and identify a King Bolete

To pick a Porcini mushroom, all you have to do is grab it firmly at its base and gently turn it around. Using this method, it will come off the ground. You can also cut it! 

Forget about “destroying their mycelium”, there is no scientific evidence that this negatively will impact your foraging. 

Once the Porcini is picked, you should clean the bottom directly on-site, so you keep your bag/basket clean. This will decrease the amount of work you will have to do at home.

But how can you be sure that you have picked the right mushroom?

Well, Boletus Edulis is quite easy to identify!

To begin with, it belongs to the Boletes family. Instead of gills, these mushrooms have a sponge-like layer of tubes on the underside of the cap. The tube color ranges from white and to green, depending on the maturity of the mushroom.  The stem is white and strong, with a faint net pattern. Its flesh shouldn’t change its color but if you’re not sure, cut it. The flesh has a mild and nutty flavor.

How to eat it?

Is a Bolete mushroom edible? Yes and it’s one of the best!

What do King Boletes taste like? An umami bomb! They taste mild and nutty.

Can you eat King Boletes raw? Sure, but we highly recommend that you cook it. Cooking a mushroom is always safer!

Can you grow it at home?

Porcini mushrooms are extremely difficult to produce, both professionally and at home. This is because they require tree roots to fruit. Porcini mushrooms grow slowly, even if spores are planted in the correct place. It takes 10 to 15 years for the mycelium to begin producing mushrooms once the spores have been planted. (source: grocycle.com)

How to hunt for King Boletes

If you want to hunt King Boletes, you have to focus on 3 things: Soil, trees, and timing.

Where to find King Boletes?

On what type of soil do Ceps grow?

The first thing to remember about Ceps is that they tend to grow on acidic soil.

How do we validate the acidity of the soil?

It’s simple: the acidic nature of the soil will manifest itself in a significant presence of acid-loving plants, such as ferns!

What trees do Porcinis grow under?

Porcinis can grow under a wide variety of trees. However, it’s favorite trees are Beech, Oaks, Chestnut, Common Spruce, Silver Fir and Pines.

If you are new to King Bolete hunting, focus exclusively on these trees.

King Bolete season

What time of year do King Boletes grow?

First, you should know that the maximum height of growth of the Porcino is 6500 ft. It is therefore rare to harvest it above this altitude.

In relation to the season, this is what you need to know: 

  • They grow in the summer on the mountains. (high elevations)
  • Most of King Boletes are found on plains (lower elevations) after the fall rains. (from mid-September to mid-November)

How long does it take for Porcini to grow

From its fruiting to its adult size, You have to wait about 10 days. 

If the weather is hot and dry and it has just rained, it would be best to hunt for them after ten days.

What should you take away from this article?

  • The King Bolete is a top-notch mushroom.
  • You can’t grow it at home!
  • Focus on acidic soil to find it! 
  • Focus on Beech, Oaks, Chestnut, Common spruce, Silver fir, Pines.
  • You have a better chance of finding Porcini mushrooms in the fall.
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