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Blewit Mushroom - 12cc Gourmet Mushroom Liquid Culture Grow Kit with grow bag or 80mm Petri Dish

Blewit Mushroom - 12cc Gourmet Mushroom Liquid Culture Grow Kit with grow bag or 80mm Petri Dish

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Strain Information 

Blewit Mushroom
Blewit Mushroom
Lepista nuda, or Clitocybe nuda, common name blewit mushroom or wood blewit, is a plain-looking, edible mushroom. The blewit is edible only when cooked. Blewits grow best in cool weather and can be found in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest coastal areas.  Depending upon where it is in its growth cycle, a blewit mushroom can bear a striking resemblance to its poisonous cousins, meaning mistakes in the identification of these mushrooms can have dire consequences.  Under the right circumstances (limited frosts), the wood blewit can grow all winter long with multiple blooms.


Is The Blewit Mushroom Edible?

The blewit mushroom is edible when cooked.  While some tout the blewits classic mushroom flavor – mild and meaty – others will tell you it’s not nearly as flavorful as other mushrooms like porcini, chanterelles, or morels.   Unlike many other similar mushroom species, the wood blewit has a longer growing season. In fact, given mild temperatures and enough rain, blewits can have multiple bloom cycles.  When looking for wild or home-grown mushrooms, the edible blewit can be an easy and tasty choice.


Can You Eat Wood Blewit Raw?

Blewit mushrooms should never be eaten raw.  The wood blewit is a versatile mushroom with many culinary uses, but all uses need to include cooking.  Eating blewit mushrooms raw, while not deadly, can lead to intense gastrointestinal upset and the need for medical care.

Does The Blewit Have Poisonous Lookalikes?

Yes! Because blewit mushrooms have a very commonplace and classic mushroom appearance, they can easily be confused with some poisonous lookalikes. The primary culprit and most dangerous are the Cortinarius species which are almost uniformly toxic. The most commonly confused with wood blewit are the Cortinarius violaceus and iodes. If you believe you’ve found a patch of wood blewits, you must carefully check to rule out imposters.

Look for some of these tell-tale signs:

1. Rusty Brown Spores

These types of spores are common to purple corts. They can be seen most clearly by doing a spore print.  To perform a spore print, simply cut the mushroom cap off and press it lightly on white paper.  A blewit will have light, pinkish, or pinkish-buff-colored spores, whereas the Cortinarius spores will be a darker, rust color.

2. Purple Color

The cortina or purple mushrooms will have a purple color to them.  Do not identify only by color as at different stages of growth; blewits can have a similar color to a cortina.

3. Web-Like Veil Around The Cap That Resembles A Cobweb

This will cover the gills of young cortina mushrooms and are a hallmark of this poisonous cousin to the blewit.

How Do You Identify the Blewit Mushroom?

In addition to knowing how to identify poisonous imposters of the mushroom, looking for the identifying markers of a true blewit is a crucial skill. Because blewits are so plain in appearance, it may take careful scrutiny. Look for the following markers when identifying blewits. Blewits will have convex, smooth, velvety, or suede-like caps.
The caps will be classically mushroom-shaped. Caps often have a mauve or beige color.
A blewit stalk will be thick, and the gills close together and tight. There will NOT be a veil or ring around the stalk. This is indicative of a cortina mushroom. There may occasionally be leaf litter attached to the mushroom, but if it’s slimy, the mushroom should be avoided.  A blewit will have a light, fruity fragrance. Blewits‘color will change over time and can have subtle variations. This is one of the reasons it can be so easily confused with other mushrooms. As they age, blewits will lose their purplish, lilac color and take on a more faded look.

Blewits like to grow saprobic atop forest debris and leaf litter, around hedgerows, and in mixed woodland areas. Coniferous needles and wood chips are among their favorite habitats.  The mushrooms will grow from a root-like structure called mycelium, which allows the fungus to absorb nutrients from the surrounding substrates.

In North America, they can be found fruiting in the fall to winter months, provided there isn’t pervasive frost or snow.  Home gardeners can also cultivate and grow them on a compost heap comprised of hardwood leaves and manure.

Foraging Tips

The first thing to remember when foraging for blewit mushrooms is to be meticulous about identification. A checklist of characteristics, paper for a spore print, and a good field guide are advisable.

Keep the following in mind as you look:

Blewits like to grow in groups. Where you find one, you’ll find many. Although not a sure thing, check under the cap for a lavender hue. It will be concentrated in the gills and around the top of the stalk. Confirm identification by ruling out the poisonous varieties and doing a spore print.

Once you are certain of your identification, use these tips as a guide:

Check all mushrooms you forage. Imposters can sneak in, so don’t assume they are all edible without checking.  Evaluate your surroundings for toxins. What’s around your mushrooms will also be in your mushrooms.  Clean your harvest thoroughly. Wiping with a cloth works best.  If you’ve found a good area, check back regularly. Blewits can have multiple blooms in a season.

Cooking Tips

Remember, all blewits need to be cooked before eating.  Blewits contain a significant amount of water and releasing this water will aid in the concentration of flavor and usefulness in recipes. For that reason, dry sauteeing is a good place to start.  To make dry sauteed blewit mushrooms, slice and place in a pan with no oil or water. Cook on medium-low until the mushrooms have released their water and the pan is starting to look dry. Once the water is gone, you can add oil or butter.  There are many recipes utilizing blewit mushrooms. These mushrooms are good additions to soups, pasta, and stews. They are also good marinated or pickled.

As an interesting point of note, blewit mushrooms can also be used to create dye. Their various color stages will yield different shades of purples and blues and are a fun way to use natural ingredients for multiple purposes.

LAB CREATED PRODUCTS SINCE 2005

All our mushroom cultures are only one to two transfers away from the 1st generation mother culture to ensure a vibrant, healthy, and fast-growing product.  Each liquid mushroom culture syringe contains 12 cc's of mycelium suspended in a nutrient broth solution or commonly referred to as a liquid culture. Unlike many vendors, our cultures do not contain honey, we use a special clear recipe so you can see exactly what you're getting. Your mushroom culture is guaranteed to arrive 100% viable and completely contamination-free ready to inoculate a substrate of your choice.  You may use your LC Syringe right away or store it in its mylar container in the refrigerator for 12 months or longer! 

 

Your order with us today will contain: 


(1) sterile 12 ml syringe with locking cap of Blewit Mushroom.

(1) mylar syringe sleeve for long-term storage.

(2) alcohol pads.

(1) 18-gauge needle.

(1) Small grow bag

24K Gold Infusion (see below)

 

As far are we know, there is no proven study that has determined pure gold helps to promote fungi growth....we have done our own studies and have concluded that in side-by-side tests, over 6 months, it does. We add 24K gold flakes to certain products we sell, so if you see little gold flakes or nuggets in your product, this is NOT contamination. 24K gold is non-toxic and edible.  You have to see this product to believe it, some call it a breakthrough in fungi development...not sure if we would agree with that, but we think we have a pretty good product here.

We add 24K Gold to all our products! 

As far are we know, there is no proven study that has determined pure gold helps to promote fungi growth....we have done our own studies and have concluded that in side-by-side tests, over 6 months, it does. We add 24K gold flakes to certain products we sell, so if you see little gold flakes or nuggets in your product, this is NOT contamination. 24K gold is non-toxic and edible.  You have to see this product to believe it, some call it a breakthrough in fungi development...not sure if we would agree with that, but we think we have a pretty good product here.

Worldwide shipping makes us the most turned to mushroom culture producer/distributor in the world. If you can’t find it in your country, we have you covered, and our shipping time is considerably less than what you may expect. 

Shipping & Returns

We use USPS priority 2–3 day mail for US orders and Priority International (2-10 days) for the rest of the world. All orders have a tracking number, and we always use discrete shipping methods and know-how to ship items overseas, we have over 15 years of experience doing so, trust us, you will get your order no matter where you live.

We have a 30-day return policy for all products we sell on our website, we do not offer money back returns. We will gladly replace any defective item if it’s returned within 30 days of purchase, but we will not issue refunds for spore related products.

Dimensions

Syringes and grow kits are shipped in 9x6x1 padded eveevploes with hot/cold weather inserts and in mylar long term storage sleeves. Larger items are sent in 6x6x6 boxes or larger, fully insulated and wrapped in bubblewrap.

Care Instructions

You may store our syringes in the refrigerator for up to 12 months in the included mylar storsgr sleeve. Agar plates and slants maybe stored for years in a dark cool environment.

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