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Wood Blewit Mushrooms
Lepista nuda (NOT Clitocybe nuda, it is clearly a Lepista, and not a funnel mushroom) - A lovely lilac mushroom, care should be used to prepare it properly to enjoy it. The cap of this mushroom may be lilac colored (or bluish purple) in young specimens, but tends toward tan or mauve in older specimens. Take a peek underneath, to see the purple gills and stem - though older specimens may fade to tan or mauve here too.
Lepista Irina - The White Blewit. White all over, no change for cap or gill color.
Lepista Persici - The Peach Blewit. Even peach color, without a difference in cap, gills, or stipe.
These mushrooms may be useful for auto-immune disease, to regulate immune oversensitivity for bowel disease.
Wood blewits have a distinctive smell. Some say "fragrant", some say "fruity", some say "orange juice concentrate". It just smells like a slightly odd mushroom until you cut it though. Then it still smells odd for a few minutes. THEN it displays the distinctive smell - and to me, it is faintly orange juicy, and faintly lilacky (is that a word?).
Blewits have a strong flavor, and work well in dishes that mellow the flavor. Cream, shallots, and chicken are recommended accompaniments. They also work best with REAL ingredients - butter, bacon fat, fresh vegetables and whole grain breads.
CAUTION: Blewits are known to cause reactions in some people. Cooking time seems to be the factor that most affects digestibility. Be sure to cook them low and for at least 15 minutes.
They grow in foresty duff, or woody compost, often on the edges of the woods. It likes shade, and fruits just as autumn or winter begins to get a grip on the region. It likes hardwoods, but may also fruit under some kinds of conifers.
When we found these the first time, they were spotted because of the slight color difference between them and the surrounding fallen dried leaves. The leaves in colors of yellow, to brown, to grayish brown, and an outline of mauvish brown that seemed a bit too smooth and a little too pink for leaves. We only discovered them on the hillside because one of them was very large - about 6 inches across. The rest, growing in a cluster around it, with many of the stems fused together, were much smaller. Most were already brownish on top, and only recognizable to me as Blewits by the gills and stem color. Since then, I can recognize them far more easily.
This is another mushroom that I recognized the first time I saw it, in spite of many look-alikes. The distinctive color, the shape of the cap and gills, and the complete lack of a veil, ring, or ring zone on the stem, fairly screamed Blewit to me, even though I had only read of them, and not ever seen one before.
Wood Blewit mushroom spawn is available 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.
We do not make any promises as to the efficacy of any mushroom product to treat or prevent any disease or condition. Please consult a doctor or alternative practitioner prior to using any mushroom product for treatment of any disease or illness.
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