Weeping Bolete (Suillus granulatus) and Slippery Jack (Suillus luteus)
Thanks for my precious half we have this wonderful video about very successful harvest of Weeping Bolete (Suillus granulatus) and Slippery Jack (Suillus luteus)
For those who are curios to know what happened with mushrooms after we finished shooting I can say that we have found some more Suillus mushrooms which we have collected in addition to those shown in video. So, after getting them home, cleaning, sorting and cutting I’ve got enough mushrooms to marinate (will post soon about it), to cook omelette and today I plan to stuff marrow squash with weeping boletes (I’ll share my recipes on this blog), and maybe to cook soup with left mushrooms.
Here I have few more photos to show you how Weeping Bolete and Skillery Jack looks in the nature.
Both mushrooms (Weeping or Granulated Bolete and Slippery Jack or Sticky Ban) have very bright colorful convex cap which is sticky when it’s dry and slippery when it’s wet. In fact, I think that’s the only wild edible mushroom which has shining and sticky cap. It’s hard to miss it in the forest as its bright cap can be seen from far distance.
As you can see from the picture below those Suillus mushrooms have some difference – shape of the cap and steam width.
- Weeping Bolete has more flattish convex cap than Slippery Jack.
- Almost every Slippery Jack mushroom has a veil around stem when Weeping Bolete has it more rarely.
- The stem of Slippery Jack is thicker than steam of Weeping Bolete
- The stem of Slippery Jack has color similar to its cap when the color of Weeping Bolete stem is darker than it’s cap (usually it is dark brown).
Underneath the cap they remain to be similar – both have yellow tubes which are smaller when the mushroom is young and bigger if it’s well-developed mushroom. For eating well-developed mushrooms are good. Though for preservation it’s better to take smaller, younger mushrooms.
If we cut the mushroom cap in halves we see that it has light yellow flesh with a small layer of tubed surface which is darker than cap’s flesh.
I hope that now you know how Suillus species look like and how to identify them.
I wish you good luck with your Weeping Bolete and Slippery Jack hunting and share with me your stories