It is very tricky to make a lake from Aueroboletus mirabilis. After straining the dye bath multiple times very tiny pores/tubes remained in the bath and when I added the alum and soda ash they reacted in a way that they increased in size. The liquid was not completely clear and there was very little pigment accumulated.
The admirable bolete, aka \"Admiral\" (Boletus mirabilis), is one of my favorites, for its beauty, its lively flavor, and its fleeting collectabilty. Rarely do I find one before the bugs.Unlike the king bolete (Boletus edulis), which can be used in all manner of culinary ways, the admiral is probably best by itself, sliced and sauteed, an amuse bouche for the table. The taste of lemon is distinctive and usually requires something to balance it such as butter or soy sauce. That said, I'm told the lemony flavor is produced by a compound in the velvety \"skin\" of the mushroom's pileus, or cap. Presumably one could peel this off and then use the admiral in any standard porcini recipe.The admiral is a mushroom of damp Pacific Northwest forests. I generally find it in older hemlock stands with spongy moss carpets where it likes to fruit off nurse logs, and though it can get quite large, with a cap approaching the size of a salad plate, edible specimens are usually smaller.
Admirable bolete (Aureoboletus mirabilis, admirable bolete, bragger's bolete, velvet top bolete) is one of the best tasting wild mushrooms. These mushrooms lend themselves to a wide variety of dishes, from stuffed meats to rich sauces. They pair well with duck, beef, game, and shellfish and are a great way of adding depth and richness to vegetarian dishes. Like many boletes, many people swear that the flavours become intensified in the drying process. Growing almost exclusively in the Rockies these purple, green and cream coloured boletes are simply lovely and now available in our online shop.
At the species level there are more than 1000 plants and animals with the species designation mirabilis, from the nursery web spider Pisaura mirabilis to the longjaw mudsucker fish Gillichthys mirabilis to this crazy looking sea slug. Many of these species were named and identified in the mid 19th to early 20th century, when scientific reports were a little more florid than they are today and the remarkable nature of some of these creatures could be remarked on directly, though still scientifically detached. The identification of the mushroom species Boletus mirabilis for example, published in the journal Mycologia in 1912 states, \"this remarkable species was found several times in the vicinity of Seattle on the ground in woods. It is one of the most difficult species to preserve, owing to its extremely juicy consistency.\"
Other remarkable species get the mirabilis label after some more drawn out taxonomic confusion. In a letter to the Proceedings of the Linnean Society in 1861 (PDF), the Austrian botanist Friedrich Welwitsch reported a most unusual plant in the desert of Southwestern Africa:
At this point Welwitsch continues on to describe the plant's characteristics entirely in Latin, including giving his suggested genus designation of Tumboa, after the word used by the local population to identify the plant. After it was realized that \"tumbo\" was a more general word for \"plant,\" rather than a specific word for this plant in the local language, the amazing specimen was renamed after Welwitsch (another taxonomic trend) and became Welwitschia mirabilis (h/t to one of the remarkable undergrads in my lab who introduced me to this species during the lab's \"plant of the week\" discussion).
Abstract: Otidea mirabilis and O. tuomikoskii are described from Finnish material deposited in the main herbaria of Finland. Colour photographs, microdrawings and the known Finnish distribution of both species are given. O. mirabilis, originally described from Italy, is a new record for the mycoflora of North Europe.
A beautiful pair of Admirable Bolete (Aureoboletus mirabilis) display the yellow spore bearing pores of their underside, as they grow from the remains of a decaying Sitka Spruce. Siuslaw National Forest. Lane county, Oregon Central Coast. 59ce067264