Early-autumn walks in a mixed forest - Leccinellum crocipodium and an poor man’s steak,
This species of mushroom belongs to the rare species. When we meet him in the forest, we often mistake him for an orange goat. It is very similar to it, but has a few differences. It can be found in deciduous and mixed forests. It appears in summer and grows under birches, oaks and beech trees until autumn.
Its structure is similar to the other species of billy goat we know. The hat can reach up to 25 cm in diameter. Its color is most often, yellowish, ocher olive-yellow, sometimes brown.
The young fruiting body has a semicircular shape, becoming spread out with age. The surface is dull, often slippery and sticky after rain. As you can see in the photos, the surface of the hat cracks during the dry season and quite deep furrows are formed.
The pores and tubes are yellowish in color, their color changes to brown, gray when damaged.
The leg has characteristic vertical ribs and grooves. It is white-yellowish in color. It is very massive, hard and fleshy. Full inside, covered with hyphae and warts. It can reach over 20 cm in length. The flesh is also fleshy, firm, and has a pleasant mushroom aroma and taste. It changes from white to blue, pink when cut.
It is a very tasty edible mushroom with many uses. It can be pickled, dried or boiled. Raw can cause mild indigestion.
Another fungus in mixed forests is the oak tongue. As the name suggests, this species primarily likes oaks, both alive and dead.
It is an edible arboreal mushroom, and its red, jelly-like flesh, when cut, resembles fresh meat or salmon meat. Only young, non-lignified fruiting bodies are edible.
A fairly common species in Europe that appears in summer and grows until late autumn.