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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 Field Blewit, 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.

COMMENTS

3 comments for Field Blewit

  1. A says:

    Hi.
    I read an article you’d written in 2018 and saw this link in answer to another person looking to identify some mushrooms. Could you help me please?
    Noticed these growing in a line near beech hedges on a mossy soggy lawn. The base of the stem seems a purplish colour. Top felt dry when picked. All I can say is that it looks delicious. It doesn’t smell bad. Smells mushroomy. No funny latex or discolouration when I broke off a piece and squeezed. I’ve never seen them in Ireland before. Can you help me identify them please? We seldom see mushrooms growing in November in our area. Cap is brown, smooth and dry. About 4 to 5 inches in diameter.
    If they are edible, how can I store them? Should I store them? Or should I just eat them fresh?
    They REALLY look amazing! I do hope they are edible.

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Sorry for the late reply, they sound like they may have been Field Blewits but without seeing them I couldn’t say. See http://www.wildfooduk.com/mushroom-guide/field-blewit/

  2. Ronen says:

    Just cooked and eat my first field blewits – absolutely delicious

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