Mycorrhizal with hardwoods (oak).
Mid-summer to early autumn fruiting. Velvety blackish-brown cap skin that
cracks with age. Whitish pore surface; pink spores, slight reticulation at top
of stem. White flesh
and pores that turn pinkish as the spores mature, then gray (slowly).
Edible: Expect sliced surfaces to stain pink followed by blackining while cooking. Fingers will also stain black). Fry 2-4 minutes (depending on how crispy
you like them). Nutty taste. Stems are good too.
Inedible lookalikes have bitter taste,
flesh that may also turn blue on cutting, a brown spore print, blue-green
bruising at base of stem. Excellent edible!
Velvety black cap surfaces fades to gray with age. Pore surface stains pinkish with age from white. Stipe concolorous with cap.is white in young specimens. Pink S.P. nder oak.