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Brown birch bolete (Leccinum scabrum)

Description

Soft bracket fungus found in clumps on tree stumps and rotting logs. Grey upper sides darkening with age, and pale gills.

Habitat

Birch woodlands.

Uses

The young caps make good eating. This species is prone to maggots, so check before gathering. It makes a good addition to stews and soups.

Gathering

Gather between July and November. Another (closely related) species, the orange birch bolete (Leccinum versipelle) is also worth looking out for.

See the mushroom page for general advice on gathering wild fungi.

 

Wild Harvests research - uses in Scotland today

Brown birch bolete: used to provide food for personal use and processed items for sale

Photo - a freshly picked brown birch bolete mushroom, lying on grass