Introduction to Fall Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email:
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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Leccinum ponderosum is one of several orange-capped boletes that I often lump together the broad concept of Leccinum aurantiacum. They are distinguished by the tufted hairs on the stipe that somewhat resemble a rasp. I consider all of the orange-capped Leccinum species edible and choice, though some have the unappetizing habit of turning black when cooked. If you have not eaten Leccinum species in the past, approach this group with particular caution because quite a few people are sensitive to the Leccinum aurantiacum group. Some suffer severe flu-like symptoms and may not fully recover for days.

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