The difference between a real boletus and a false one.

What is the beauty of mushrooms? They are not plants, animals, bacteria or viruses. Mushrooms are a separate, full-fledged kingdom with their own unique features. And one of these features is that amazing taste. It is he who makes millions of people go on mushroom hunting every year. But it is not enough just to find a mushroom, it is necessary to determine how useful it is, to reveal the nature, and only after that you can pick it up and cook it. And how to distinguish, for example, an ordinary boletus from a false one? Pretty simple!


Real boletus - Among the distinguishing features of the mushroom are the orange-red cap and the blue that appears on the cut. It has a thicker than a boletus, a leg and a dense flesh of the cap. The cap is about 4-15 centimeters in diameter, easily detached from the stem. Despite the name, the mushroom can form a symbiosis not only with aspen, but also with other trees: poplar, oak, willow, beech, hornbeam, birch. Dominates in deciduous and mixed forests. If the summer was dry, then it can appear in damp tall-stemmed aspen forests. Occurs in small groups or singly in glades, along forest roads. It is widespread in Eurasia, Western Siberia and the Far East, the Caucasus and the Urals. In terms of nutritional quality, the boletus is ranked second after the porcini mushroom. It is consumed boiled, fried, pickled and dried.

False boletus - nature is very cunning and insidious. She knows how to disguise her children so that they, under the guise of a real mushroom, keep secret their poisonous nature, which, unfortunately, is sometimes revealed too late. However, with some knowledge and experience, this can be avoided.


If you take a real mushroom, then at the break it is white or bluish, but false red, pinkish and similar shades.

The stem of a real mushroom has an even shade without any inclusions, while the false one has a characteristic reddish or yellowish mesh.

Some tips for handling real boletus:

  • It is better to boil real boletus before use, as well as before pickling.
  • Aspen mushrooms deteriorate very quickly, so they should be processed as soon as possible after harvesting.
  • If you find a slightly spoiled real boletus, it is better not to take it, since there is also a risk of poisoning.
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False boletus boletus


  1. At a break, a real mushroom is white or bluish, it can darken quickly, and a false one is red, pinkish.
  2. There is no mesh on the leg of a real mushroom, but a false one has one.