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Wood blewit (Clitocybe nuda)

Wood blewit is an edible mushroom native to Europe and North America. Look for it in coniferous and deciduous woodland and under hedgerows during autumn and winter. It often fruiting well into December when the weather is mild.

Common name(s): wood blewit

Scientific name: Clitocybe nuda sometimes recorded as Lepista nuda

Family: Tricholomataceae

Appearance

Overview: wood blewit often grows in fairy rings.

Cap: 6-15cm in diameter and has a blue-violet tinge.

Gills: crowded and grow into the stalk, in young mushrooms they have a blue-lilac colour but the gills turn brown as the mushroom matures.

Stipe (stalk): 15 to 25mm in diameter and 5 to 10cm tall it may have a swollen base. Blue tinged, especially when young.

Spores: pale pinkish.

Look out for: the stocky cap.

Could be confused with: species from the Cortinarius genus.

Where and when to spot wood blewit

When: September to December.

Where: grows among the leaf litter in coniferous and deciduous woodland.

Conservation status

Common and widespread across the UK and Ireland.

How we use wood blewit

Food

Wood blewits are generally regarded as a good edible mushroom. It has a distinctive strong flavour and has been used in many recipes. It's particularly good in stews, omelettes or fried in butter.

Toxicity: edible but there are cases of it causing allergic reactions when eaten raw. Allergic reactions are known even from cooked blewits in some people.

Dyes

Wood blewit can be used to dye fabrics or paper to a green grass colour.

Facts

  • Wood Blewit has been recorded to be eaten as early as in the 18th century.