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lewis40

is this a cep? good eating?

hello i went out on my mountain bike early this morning and came across an abbundance of these what are they? can anybody help are they edible?
Bernie66

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lewis40

sorry could work out how to attach is this a cep is it edibl

Bernie66

I reckon it is, but I am not confident with most mushrooms, wait for the experts to come along....
Northern_Lad

the big one looks a little nibbled. Have you checked them for small bugs?
Treacodactyl

Look like 'em to me. They often get nibbled by slugs but I don't tend to find anything in them (unless the hole is very deep and then take care for hidden slugs etc).

Very tatey, tubes and all. Razz
lewis40

theres a few small bugs but nothing major? so are they edible? im not going to die eating one of these!!!
tahir

lewis40 wrote:
im not going to die eating one of these!!!


Just in case you do, can you just confirm you've read this first:

http://forum.downsizer.net/viewtopic.php?t=16813

Laughing
Bernie66

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lewis40

yeah read it
wildfoodie

that looks like Boletus edulis to me. young pore surface is dirty white, changing to dingy yellow with age.
the swollen stout stem and the fine veiny network ( reticulations) are right for B edulis. Enjoy! ( better flavour when dried tho. )
Northern_Lad

Sorry to keep you waiting, but somewhere around here there's a bunch of mushroom specialists, although, ironically, they may be out on a forage at the moment.
Plenty of time before tea though.
lewis40

how is the best way to dry them?
lewis40

mostly found at the bottom of oak is this right?
Treacodactyl

lewis40 wrote:
how is the best way to dry them?


Clean it gently if required (brush or kitchen towel) and then thinly slice. The thinner the better. I tend to lay them on a wire cooling tray or piece of kitchen towel and leave somewhere dry and warm. Top of a radiator or a cooling oven.
Treacodactyl

lewis40 wrote:
mostly found at the bottom of oak is this right?


I've found them in all sorts of places, mostly acid soils near birch & beech IIRC.
cibi

Looks like ceps to me too, or another variety of boletus but not a poisonous one. They're good! But check other advices too... Wink
You should cut them in half to see if there are any wee white worms in them, quite likely, but they wont kill you. Just remove the bits that are too nibbled. I usually cut the cap in slices and dice finely the stem, fry it in a bit of butter, I'm jealous! Very Happy
To dry them, I just slice them thinly and thread them over a heater for a few days.
Enjoy!
lewis40

thanks people, my first sucsessfull mushroom gathering, im going out tomorrow to get some more. do you remove the Gills /pores before cooking or drying??
cab

lewis40 wrote:
thanks people, my first sucsessfull mushroom gathering, im going out tomorrow to get some more. do you remove the Gills /pores before cooking or drying??


I never do, but some people prefer to. The cep is pretty firm, a lot less squidgy than some boletus, so I would say that theres no need.
Stewy

Hi Lewis, welcome to Downsizer, they sure look like Ceps (boletus edulis to me Very Happy

When young and fresh as yours appear to be you can eat the lot but as they get older the pores turn yellow and should be removed IMO. They are also prone to Maggots.

Theres a thread or article by Cab somewhere about preserving shrooms, I'll try and find it. I slice mine quite thick, lay on trays lined with with newspaper and then some baking parchment and bung em in the airingcupboard for 4 or 5 day's or until they "snap" and then store in kilner jars.
cab

This is the preserving shrooms article:
http://www.downsizer.net/Projects/Finding_Food/Preserving_Mushrooms_-_or%2C_what_to_do_with_a_really_big_haul/
doctoral

Embarassed Sorry - had to go out for a forage - IMHO they are almost definitely ceps and they won't kill you anyway - read the sticky disclaimer before eating Very Happy
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