Cep Boletus edulis

Also known as Penny Bun Bolete, Cep is an edible fungus which can be found growing in soil at the edges of clearings in broadleafed or coniferous forests. It generally grows in groups of two or three and employs a symbiotic relationship with the roots of the trees it grows by, gaining carbohydrates whilst providing water and minerals. It is highly favoured as a versatile and pleasant-tasting mushroom, but is also favoured by insect larvae so must be harvested when young, before the larvae arrive.

Behaviour

The Cep has a convex cap of yellow-brown to reddish-brown with a white line around the edge, with a slightly greasy appearance. The stem is white, bulging in the middle.

Size

Cap diameter: 7-30cm. Stalk length: 8-25cm. Stalk thickness: 2-7cm.

Status

Common.

Distribution

Widespread.

When to see

June – October

Facts

Said, in Italian folklore, to sprout on the night of a new moon, the mushrooms actually grow after warm periods of rainfall, followed by a drop in soil temperature.

Common name

Cep

Species name

Boletus edulis

When to see in Scotland

June – October

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