Forest Mushrooms - Penny Bun & Red-Capped Scaber Stalk

A few days ago I reported a photo story with a harvest of mushrooms from our backyard, then we gathered fungus called Slippery Jack, in today's Piece of Life series - a harvest from deepest woods of Courland (Latvia), meet Penny Bun & Red-Capped Scaber Stalk.

And again, those mushrooms were actually gathered by my better part and not me. I was actually drilling holes in a stone wall meanwhile:

Penny Buns and Red-Capped Scaber Stalk

Penny Buns and Red-Capped Scaber Stalk

Red Capped scaber stalk or Leccinum aurantiacum, is a species of fungus in the genus Leccinum. It is found in forests of Europe, North America and Asia and has a large, characteristically red-capped fruiting body. In North America, it is sometimes referred to by the common name red-capped scaber stalk. There are some uncertainties regarding the taxonomic classification of this species in Europe as well as in North America. This is a favorite species for eating and can be prepared as other edible boletes. Its flesh turns very dark on cooking.

Penny BunBoletus edulis, cep, porcino or porcini is a basidiomycete fungus, and the type species of the genus Boletus. Widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere across Europe, Asia, and North America, it does not occur naturally in the Southern Hemisphere, although it has been introduced to southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Prized as an ingredient in various foods, B. edulis is an edible mushroom held in high regard in many cuisines, and is commonly prepared and eaten in soups, pasta, or risotto. The mushroom is low in fat and digestible carbohydrates, and high in protein,vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre.

Penny bun

Penny bun