Monday, 16 December 2013

ID: Wood Blewits

No written identification information in this post - for that you must check your guidebooks or the web!  This is simply a collection of photographs for you cross-reference what you have found

ID information: http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/lepista-nuda.php

Despite the name, Wood Blewits (Lepista nuda) aren't solely found in woodland, in fact, I have found most of mine in fields.  Also look out for the Field Blewit (Lepista saeva), another great edible mushroom.

Important information:

Wood Blewits should not be eaten raw as they contain a toxic substance that can cause gastric upset.  This toxicity is removed after cooking, and the mushroom becomes completely safe to eat


Photo taken 12/11/13

Photo taken 12/11/13

Photo taken 12/11/13

Photo taken 12/11/13

Photo taken 12/11/13

A perfect ring of Wood Blewits, in a field. Photo taken 16/12/13

Photo taken 16/12/13

Photo taken 16/12/13

Photo taken 16/12/13

Photo taken 16/12/13

Photo taken 16/12/13

Photo taken 16/12/13

Wood Blewits are often infested with maggots, so be aware of this if you're squeamish.  I must admit I'm not
too bothered by their presence - get the worst out and eat the rest. Photo taken 16/12/13

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