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Slippery Jacks

Suillus luteus
Suillus brevipes
Suillus albivelatus
And a bunch more - a wide range of edibles within this genus

Known as Slippery Jacks for the sticky cap that graces the top of many Suillus species, Slippery Jacks are sometimes known as Poor Man's Boletes, and are scorned by some mushroom hunters, and avidly collected by others. Colors vary due to the wide variety of species, and some of the edibles look anything BUT edible.

They taste ok, as far as mushrooms go, similar to King Boletes but not as strong in flavor. What is difficult about them is the preparation and clean-up. You have to peel off the sticky cap on them before you cook them. That sticky cap also means that you get a LOT of garbage in the cap - needles, leaves, grass, dirt, etc. In moist climates, they can get really littered. In dry climates, the cap may be dry to the touch and have only a little debris stuck to it.

Slippery Jacks tend to be easier to find than true Boletes, they seem to be a little less picky about their growing conditions, and will often establish in a forest sooner than other boletes. You may find them on younger stands of timber.

We carry Suillus luteus spawn, and several other Suillus species for naturalization in our Mushroom Store.


Mushrooms may cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. Some mushrooms are more likely to do this than others. Please research possible reactions prior to purchase. We are not responsible for how you choose to use our products, and do not claim that mushrooms are completely safe to consume. We merely assure that they are as represented on our website.

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