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Wood Blewit Against Bigtooth Aspen Leaves
Lepista nuda


Middlebury, VT, USA




Purple mushrooms are a rare and welcome treat to find, and the beautiful wood blewit is no exception. A delicious edible species, wood blewits are characterized by their brilliant violet color, pink spores, and a scent reminiscent of oranges. They are not recommended for beginner foragers because of their similarity to toxic look-alikes. Not only do wood blewit mushrooms feed on decaying matter such as leaves and wood, but they can also eat soil bacteria. Penetrating colonies of bacteria with specialized root-like tissues, they secrete digestive enzymes which turn the bacteria into a nutritious soup.

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