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Is this an edible bolete (Porcini)

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Are these edible. I found these under an oak tree on the ground growing out of the moss. The underside of the cap looks like a sponge and the cap looks like a hamburger bun. The stem was solid and the flesh was white when sliced. 

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It's hard to say. Removing the stem for your closeup did not help. Be advised that porcini are not all that common in Indiana. Sorry and good luck! 

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Thank you. I have found a few other ones and I'll get one with the stem. 

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We eat a lot of boletes.  The rules I use is if you bruise it or slice it and it turns blue, leave it in the woods.  If it does not bruise blue you can put a tiny bit in your mouth to taste if it is bitter and spit it out.  These are not poisonous, just too bitter to eat.  The ones that are not bitter are safe to eat.  Of course always double check in your mushroom ID book.  Remember this does NOT pertain to gilled mushrooms.

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Thank you Jeannie. That is actually pretty useful advice. I did eat a little bit of it after cooking it. It had a nutty (not crazy) flavor. No bruising when I sliced it. 

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