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mushroom foraging guide Wood Blewit

Names

Common: Wood Blewit

Latin: Lepista nuda

Edibility

Edibility:Excellent

Eating notes: Firm flesh and a good strong flavour.

Season

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Description

Cap: 6-12cm purplish brown, smooth and shiny. Initially convex with a strongly in-turned margin. Later becoming depressed with a wavy edge.

Gills: Adnex or slightly sinuate, bright violet, crowded.

Stem: Violet, solid, with a bulbous base.

Spores: Pale pink

Flesh: Pale lilac, usually darker in the stem than the cap.

Habitat: On the ground in mixed woodland, sometimes also in compost heaps.

Frequency: Common