Leccinum versipelle, otherwise known as the Orange Birch Bolete is a common, edible mushroom (given the right preparation) in the genus Leccinum. It is found below birches and turns black when cooked.
The cap is broadly convex, bright red-brown or brick red. It is felty and grows up to 20 cm in diameter. The flesh is white to pink, turning green-blue when cut, particularly in the stem. The spores are brown. The stem is firm, long and slender, white and covered with small black scales.
Preparation for consumption
Leccinum versipelle is midly toxic (causing nausia and vomiting) unless given proper heat treatment (frying or boiling for 15-20 minutes is considered necessary). As mentioned, the mushroom turns black when heated.
- E. Garnweidner. Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe. Collins. 1994.