Blewit mushroom
Garden of Eatin'

And a Blewit Blew Through Here

I found this lovely lilac-colored mushroom growing in a pile of mulch. Didn’t think too much of it, except that I loved the distinctive color and prominent gills.

I’d forgotten about my little discovery for a couple of weeks until last night, when I happened to come across a site identifying edible mushrooms in California. I’m almost certain it’s a blewit (Clitocybe nuda), which often appears in cooler weather in compost-like matter, and is characterized by its bluish-purple cap (blewit is an Old English contraction for “blue hat”).

Darn, now I wish I’d saved the little thing. I don’t know if I’d risk eating it, but how cool is that if edible mushrooms were really growing in my own backyard?!

Blewit mushroom

Blewit Mushroom

Blewit mushroom

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