A safe mushroom for the novice forager as there are no look-a-likes in the UK.
|Common Names||Field Blewit (EN), Pied-Violet (FR), Blue-Leg (US), Coes Las y Maes (CY), Gąsówka Dwubarwna (PL), Lilatönkű Pereszke|
|Scientific Name||Lepista personata|
|Synonyms||Lepista saeva, Clitocybe saeva|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||6|
|Average Cap width (CM)||12|
Greyish brown to beige and very smooth. Starting convex becoming flattened or even depressed with an inrolled margin in younger specimens.
Off white with a blue/lilac, vertically fiborous covering. Chunky short and often swollen at the base.
Off white to Pale pink. Ellipsoid with small spines. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.
Taste / Smell
Perfumed and mushroomy. Must be cooked before consumption.
A great tasting mushroom with a good texture and usually growing in rings or groups. This mushroom keeps growing into winter and only a really harsh frost will finish them off, I have found some in February before.
The Blewits like the cold and only start to appear when the temperature is constantly below 17 degrees.
Must be cooked before consumption.