Clitocybe/Lepista Nuda (Blewitt's) and some Suillus brevipes (merged)
Posted 08 November 2006 - 03:35 PM
The boletes are growing under pine trees.
The enlarged pictures are of the Suilles brevipes. I did not enlarge the blewit photos.
Posted 08 November 2006 - 04:28 PM
Posted 08 November 2006 - 04:49 PM
Posted 08 November 2006 - 07:02 PM
Have you tried the suillus brevipes? (wash then peel the cap before cooking)
Personally I think they taste bland and feel slimey in my mouth.
Posted 08 November 2006 - 08:28 PM
Posted 08 November 2006 - 08:43 PM
Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:04 AM
I did not eat any. I took a spore print and a few minutes later the lawn mower guy ran through all of them. I'll blockade that patch in the future. They do feel pretty damn gross so I would definitely peel that slimy layer off.
Posted 21 October 2006 - 10:38 AM
If you look around the edges of the flesh just beneath the skin, you can see a discoloring. This will turn purple in color when damaged or cut. It's a really neat characteristic. But these are barely bruising now. I'm guessing it's because of the refrigerating process. We'll see if they bruise once they warm back up to room temperatures.
Posted 21 October 2006 - 10:52 AM
I love Blewit's pickled with garlic and olives. The buttons keep a great texture and flavor without absorbing too much brine.
The larger ones are wonderful sauteed. Those would make a fantastic risoto, maybe with a little crispy bacon.
Posted 21 October 2006 - 11:44 AM
That bacon idea sounds good. I may try that tonight with a tenderloin of pork I have. :smokin:
Posted 21 October 2006 - 12:02 PM
Posted 22 October 2006 - 11:49 AM
When I noticed a large fruiting of fungi on top of my compost pile, I thought I knew what I had found before I examined it. A close inspection, especially of the gills and stem, confirmed my initial impression: I had nice meal of Clitocybe nuda, or "blewits."
If you were asked to name the dishes you have consumed which included lilac or lavender colored ingredients, you might have to think for a while. But if you had ever had a meal of sautéed blewits, you would probably remember immediately. Clitocybe nuda is a highly regarded edible, but should not be eaten raw. Older specimens may have a bad flavor. See the comments below for help distinguishing the blewit from its look-alikes.
The first crop I picked I made into a cream sauce for pasta. It was a good recipe, but the shallots overshadowed the taste of the mushrooms. So when I had a second fruiting I simply sliced them vertically and sautéed them in butter. The distinctive taste of the mushrooms was enhanced, and it was a real treat. I harvested four crops in a month from a year-old pile of grass clippings and leaves.
Ecology: Saprobic; growing alone, scattered, gregariously, or in clusters; in woods, brush, gardens, under conifers or hardwoods, on lawns, around and on compost piles, or wherever there is organic debris; widely distributed; late summer on into the fall and winter. A single mycelium may produce several crops a year, so check your patches regularly!
Cap: 4-15 cm; convex with an inrolled margin when young, becoming broadly convex to nearly flat, or with an uplifted, often wavy margin in age; surface smooth, slightly sticky and shiny when moist, somewhat shiny to dull when dry; sometimes finely cracked over the center; purple, or purplish with brown to grayish shades when fresh; fading to brownish, flesh-colored, tan, or paler.
Gills: Attached to the stem--sometimes by a notch--or beginning to run down the stem; close or crowded; pale lavender to violet or lilac; sometimes grayish purple when fresh; fading to buff, pinkish-buff or brownish in age.
Stem: 2-5 cm long; 1-3 cm thick at apex; equal or often enlarged at the base; dry; finely hairy; pale purple or colored like the gills; becoming brownish in age; base often covered with downy purple mycelium.
Flesh: Thick; rather soft; purplish to lilac-buff.
Taste: Not distinctive, pleasant, or slightly bitter; odor fragrant.
Spore Print: Pinkish.
Microscopic Details: Spores 5-8 x 3-5 µ; elliptical; roughened or sometimes smooth; inamyloid.
(Fries) Bigelow & Smith, 1969. (Smith, Smith & Weber, 1979; Arora, 1986; Phillips, 1991; Lincoff, 1992; Bessette, Bessette & Fischer, 1997.) Herb. Kuo 10129601, 10090305.
Clitocybe nuda is also known as Lepista nuda. There are numerous synonyms and former names, including Tricholoma nudum, Rhodopaxillus nudus, and Tricholoma personatum. Recent DNA research is inconclusive on the separation of Lepista from Clitocybe (see Moncalvo et al., 2002). "Blewit" apparently derives from “blue hat,” even though the mushroom is more purple than blue.
While there are other purple mushrooms, some of which are poisonous, they can be fairly easily distinguished from Clitocybe nuda. Inocybe species have brown gills and spores when mature. Purple Cortinarius species have a cortina when young, and have rusty-brown spores. Mycena pura is small and slender, and has white spores. Purplish Laccaria species like Laccaria amethystina have tough, fibrous stems; they are white-spored and edible. Bluish Entoloma and Leptonia species are not nearly as purple.