The bootlace name also describes the black, elongated outgrowths that extend from the mycelium that propagates vegetatively.This mushroom is admired in many countries of the world for its firm meaty texture. Most recipes call for combining it with other ingredients, rather than preparing it alone. It can be substituted in any basic recipe. Because of its dense consistency, it tolerates long cooking without losing its shape.
Honey Mushroom (Armillaria mellea)
For those people who experience a slightly bitter aftertaste, it is advised to parboil the caps for 5 minutes and to discard the water.
When dried and reconstituted, the honey mushroom is quite agreeable in soups, stews, and mushroom loaves. Many people pickle the buttons in their favorite spices for immediate or later use.
Habitat and Season
Usually found at the base of deciduous or pine trees. They are also found on stumps of old wood, and sometimes they are parasites on live trees or shrubs. Honey mushrooms bloom in late summer and early fall.
- Edibility: choice edible with caution
- Size: 8-24cm across
- Color: bright yellow to orange red
- Cap type: oval becomes convex when getting older/ dry or sticky to touch
- Stem type: the stalk is upto 6inch high and ¾ inch wide
The oak mushroom is edible and is generally classified in mushroom field guides as “choice, with caution. The raw mushroom should however be thoroughly cooked before eating since it is known to cause gastrointestinal discomfort in some people.
But there is a deadly mushroom with very similar characteristics; the Galerina autumnalis , commonly known as the Deadly Galerina because it contains the same toxins as the Destroying Angel (Amanita virosa). 1