The black boletus
For many connoisseurs of mushrooms, and especially porcini mushrooms, the flavor of the Boletus aereus meats is one of the most delicious of its kind. Together with Boletus edulis, Boletus pinophilus and Boletus aestivalis, it is one of the most renowned gastronomic species of Boletus. Furthermore, these four species resemble each other for many of their aesthetic characteristics, although each one has its own peculiar properties, and a different period of growth. Boletus aereus takes its name from the Latin term aes, which means bronze. The color of his hat, which is dark, is very reminiscent of that of bronze. For the same reason, it is also called black boletus. The specimens of black porcini are always quite massive, and its meat is extremely firm, another aspect for which this mushroom is appreciated.
The characteristics of the Boletus aerus
Boletus aerus is a mushroom with a very massive build, which therefore can be identified with relative ease in the undergrowth. Usually, a nice large hat appears from the ground, which can measure up to 24 centimeters in diameter. Its shape, when the mushroom is very young, is hemispherical, and then gradually smoothes out. In the end, however, even in adult specimens, the hat always remains a little convex. The color, as we said, is a beautiful dark brown, and very often the hat has a smooth and velvety consistency. Sometimes it can also be lighter in color, and in this case it is easy to confuse the Boletus aereus with that edulis. The stalk, which is never very high but is rather stocky, remains very underground, so much so that to extract the fungus from the ground, in general, it is necessary to dig a little.