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Clitocybe nuda : Wood Blewit Mushroom
chopped up and boiled in an iron kettle, you can successfully make a greenish colored dye that can be used for many purposes!
Also See Similar:
Cortinarius lucorum (stocking webcap)
Lepista personata (Field Blewit)
Agaricus Campestris (Meadow Mushroom)
Kingdom : Fungi
Division : Basidiomycota
Class : Agaricomycetes
Order : Agaricales
Family : Tricholomataceae
Genus : Clitocybe
Species : Lepista / Clitocybe nuda : Wood Blewit Mushroom
Where to Find This Mushroom in the Wild?
Appears where there is often forest litter and debris, in our location of Michigan they prefer coniferous heavy debris. First flush we caught late September and into early October a much larger second flush. Not too common in the areas I have foraged this fall. The Wood Blewit does stand out with its beautiful and bright coloring especially in the younger ones and the gills of these! Syringes of the spores can be purchased online and you can start growing these choice edible mushrooms in your yard once the mycelium spreads out enough (over a year). must do more than just identify the color and say it's a Wood Blewit. Often mistaken with Cortinarious lucorum.
Description of the Mushroom
Cap: violet and purple (very slight purple hue with more gray on second flush) from a young age and changing to a lighter tan color with age. lighter coloring in the middle of the cap when it's aging.
Stem / Stipe: white to pale purple, larger at base and narrowing slightly to the cap and typically stout. Can have scalier like look but will be bare from any rings or similar features. NO veil hanging or present at all.
Gills: Narrow with varying lengths, beautiful purple hue in them with constant color throughout. Crunch and crimple together with age. Turn brownish / tannish with age.
Spore Print: pink
Ecology: Grows in saprobic conditions. We foraged ours from underneath a grouping of pine trees in the backyard here. Can grow in small batches or individually in smaller clusters. Likes organic debris and may be hiding underneath the leaves or pine needles. Grows worldwide.
Edibility: Choice edible mushroom but can cause allergic reaction in some. Best thoroughly cooked.
This mushroom not only acts as a choice edible thorughtout most of the world, being frequent in the markets and on store shelves during the fall and winter, but it too can be used to create a greenish ink / color dye that you can use for paper or clothing. The smell is compared to anise (think licorice)
Edibility / Recipes
Sauteed with butter and served with a white meat or alternative like Lions Mane Mushroom. Not a real distinct flavor to them but do have a slight meat like texture if dried out a little bit. Taste test only a small amount as some individuals are not able to properly digest this mushroom!
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