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Leccinum versipelle

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.

Description[edit source | edit]

The cap is broadly convex, bright red-brown or brick red. It is felty and grows up to 20 cm (8 in) 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.

Edibility[edit source | edit]

Leccinum versipelle is midly toxic (causing nausea 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.

References[edit source | edit]

  • E. Garnweidner. Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe. Collins. 1994.

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