Boletus reticulates, which was formerly called Boletus aestivalis, and commonly called summer cep, is an edible mushroom found in deciduous forests in Europe, where it is found to have a mycorrhizal relationship with the oak species Quercus. The mushroom is cooked by sautéing or stewing to make dishes such as soups, stews and mixed mushroom dishes.
Boletus reticulates shows up during summer months, and is very popular amongst mushroom lovers. The mushroom's cap is velvety brown and round in shape, with a diameter usually up to 20 cm. The cuticle is rusty brown or chocolate and cracked. The mushroom's distinguishing factors are its brown cap and absence of white edge of the cap as found in similar mushrooms like boletus edulis. The flesh of the mushroom is white and firm, and may be infested with larvae. It has a pleasant taste and odor, though not distinctive.
The summer cep is cooked in its whole form, or sliced or dried for use in soups and stews. Minimum water should be used for cleaning it where necessary, so as to not affect the taste and moisture levels. It is most popular in Finland, Italy and Germany. Salads, omelets, sauces and various other mushroom dishes can be prepared with this cep.
Preferred Cooking Methods
The mushrooms can be cooked by sautéing, frying, boiling and stewing.
Popular Boletus Reticulates Recipes
- Mushroom Soup: Summer cep can be used to prepare mushroom soup by cooking it with ingredients like garlic, onions, stock and flavoring herbs. Additional ingredients like heavy cream and lime juice are used in various recipes, and the soup may be garnished with minced parsley.
- Mixed mushroom Dishes: These are dishes made with more than one variety of mushrooms. For example summer ceps, oyster mushrooms and shitcake mushrooms can be lightly sautéed with parsley and garlic and tossed with balsamic vinegar to prepare mixed mushroom salad which can then be served over rocket leaves.
Summer cep is a good source of fiber, as well as nutrients like vitamin B2, B3 and D. It is also rich in folate, potassium, selenium and zinc.