Leccinum manzanitae

This is a large, firm, edible member of the bolete family that grows almost exclusively under manzanita and madrone trees. The specimens shown here came from a spot at the base of a manzanita where I have found them growing reliably several years in a row, usually in a tight cluster of two or three very substantial mushrooms. I don't know of any Leccinum that tastes as good as Boletus edulis or any other prime bolete, but it does have a bit of the same quality to its flavor and makes a good substitute when you can't fnd the real thing. It dries to a very firm consistency, with an almost woody stem, but reconsititutes quite well. The main feature that distinguishes the Leccinum genus from Boletus is the presence of rough scaborous bumps on the stem of the Leccinum. Leccinum also tend to be firmer than Boletes, and rarely get infested heavily with worms.