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Summer ceps

Summer ceps

Boletus aestivalis (Boletus reticulatus)

This mushroom is a sort of cep, recognized as edible and catalogued ever since 1793 in the Boletaceae family, the Boleuts genus, by Jean-Jacques Paulet. The popular Romanian term is “mânătarcă de vară”.

 

This fungus appears solitary in deciduous forests, only under oaks and in isolated parks, from May to the end of September, but can be seen in October as well. It is one of the European-specific mushrooms.

 

Its meat is white, strong and compact in before maturity, becoming soft and unpleasant to taste after reaching maturity. It is a tasteful fungus, with a flavour similar to nuts and with an aromatic smell. Unfortunately, it is very often covered by mosquito larvae.

 

They can be cooked in various ways, being very easy to combine with venison. They can be cut into slices or dried and can be conserved by freezing. There are specific recipes for cooking, and they are considered a delight consumed in the form of Duxelles, a kind of vegetable spread known under the Romanian term of zacuscă.

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