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Old Man Of The Woods (Strobilomyces sp.), A Decently Edible Mushroom

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It’s great to see so many friends spotting the old man!  July is a great month for finding this very easy to identify, non-gilled member of the bolete family (Strobilomyces sp.).  The cap is especially wooly with an underside of grayish-black pores.

Some consider him a fine edible when young, others say he’s just not worth the effort.  I side with the first group, and find that this mushroom, although a bit slimy, adds a nice hearty flavor to meals.

Look for old man of the woods near oak trees, as well as in coniferous woods in Western Pennsylvania.  He’ll be around for a while.


Author: Adam

Wild foodist

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