Collection location: Scott Co., Minnesota, USA [Click for map]
(aka Lepista Nuda) The Blewit
The first photo is of the largest Blewit that I have found so far. It is about 5" in diameter. The second photo is of a more typical find in my favorite patch.
All are growing in pine duff (needles, twigs and cones). I have a stretch of mixed conifers on my property that is about 200’ long backed by a slope to the north. This provides a lot of runoff and keeps this patch quite wet during August and September.
It is not unusual to pick 2 to 3 lbs of Blewits each day during this period. They are excellent with eggs and cheese. Be sure to cook them thuroughly first as they are slightly poisonous if eaten fresh.
The spore print is pink to buff.
Lookout for look alikes such as Cortinarius which have a rusty brown spore print, and of course a cortina covering the gills. They are not good to eat.
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:05:47 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Scott County, Minnesota’ to ‘Scott Co., Minnesota, USA’