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Porphyry porphyrosporous: description and photo, edibility

Porphyrosporous porphyry has several other names. The most famous include such options as purple spore, chocolatier, porphyry hedgehog and red spore porphyrellus. Nature has endowed it with a beautiful chocolate color and the correct shape. Having found such a specimen in the forest, the mushroom picker may have a question about its edibility. It is important to understand this even before going into the forest.

Description of porphyry porphyrosporous

It has a thick and fleshy cap with a diameter of 4 to 16 cm. As a rule, young specimens have a hemispherical cap, and older ones have a pillow-shaped cap, similar to the cap of a boletus. It is characterized as dry, velvety, smooth, cracking at the edges with age. The surface of the cap can be either light brown or grayish, or dark brown with a reddish tint.

The pulp is fibrous, it is yellow-gray, greenish-olive, purple or brownish in color. When cut, it takes on a blue-green tint. Spore powder brownish-red.

Is it possible to eat porphyrosporous porphyry

This type of mushroom is conditionally edible.

Taste qualities of the mushroom porphyry porphyrospore

Although this mushroom can be eaten, it has an unpleasant, bitter taste and a pungent odor that remains even after being cooked. Also, mushroom pickers note that some representatives of the species have a sour taste.

The best taste can be achieved by pickling.

False doubles

This type of mushroom has general external similarities with such gifts of the forest:

  1. Boletus - classified as edible. From its name it follows that they grow near birches, as they form mycorrhiza on the roots of trees.
  1. Bolette - has many varieties, but they are all considered edible. Most often it grows in humus soil and in hilly terrain.
  2. Moss is an edible mushroom that most often grows in moss.

Collection rules

In order not to be mistaken with the choice and bring only edible specimens from the forest, you should know the following about porphyrospore porphyry:

  1. It grows on soil and dry wood, most often in mountainous areas. As a rule, they can be found in coniferous forests. In rare cases, some specimens are found in deciduous forests. So, if a mushroom picker notices a mushroom that grows in moss, then most likely it is a flywheel.
  2. Before putting the mushroom in the basket, you should pay special attention to its aroma. Since porphyrosporous porphyry exudes an unpleasant odor, it will not be difficult to distinguish it from its counterparts. As a rule, the edible gifts of the forest have a pleasant aroma corresponding to mushrooms.


Since specimens of this variety have low taste, there are very few recipes for cooking.

Important! You should be aware that even one random specimen, caught in a common pot with other mushrooms, can spoil the taste and aroma of the whole dish. That is why it is not recommended to cook porphyry with other varieties.


Porphyry porphyrosporous is a conditionally edible mushroom. It has a very beautiful and appetizing appearance, but an unpleasant smell. This mushroom can be easily confused with doubles, but all of them can be eaten.