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Field Blewit

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Winter Winter

A safe mushroom for the novice forager as there are no look-a-likes in the UK.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Pied Violet, Blue Leg
Scientific Name Lepista saeva
Season Start Oct
Season End Jan
Average Mushroom height (CM) 6
Average Cap width (CM) 12
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Greyish brown to beige and very smooth. Starting convex becoming flattened or even depressed with an inrolled margin in younger specimens.

Gills

Gills white, off white to flesh coloured and crowded.

Stem

Off white with a blue/lilac, vertically fiborous covering. Chunky short and often swollen at the base.

Flesh

Thick, white/off white.

Habitat

Pastureland, grassland often in fairy rings or groups.

Spore Print

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.

Frequency

Uncommon.

Other Facts

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.

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