Blue Foot Mushrooms
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This item was last sold on : 06/24/16
The Blue Foot mushroom is a gilled capped mushroom with spores. Its stem is thick, fibrillose, and stained with deep lilac. The coloring fades as the mushroom ages. Its cap is flat with a smooth top surface and purple wavy gills on its underside. The flavor and aroma the Blue Foot mushroom produces is highly perfumed, though the mushroom lacks in appealing texture. This mushroom must be cooked to be considered edible. Use caution when trying to identify wild mushrooms; unless there is a 100% certainty of a mushroom's identification, do not eat or touch it.
Blue Foot mushrooms are available late fall through the winter.
The Blue Foot mushroom is also known as Blewit and Pied bleu. However, it is not a true blue mushroom, like the Blue Entoloma, which is blue inside and out. The Blue Foot's scientific name is Clitocybe nuda (though sometimes is referred to as Lepista nuda) and it is a member of the Cortinarius family. It is an edible wild mushroom that can easily be mistaken for several mushrooms in the Cortinarius family which are toxic. The Blue Foot is one of the most prolific and commonly found mushrooms in its growing regions. However, cultivated Blue Foot mushrooms are more popular than wild, as the mushrooms harvested in the wild vary in flavor based on the plant materials they lived on.
Blue Foot mushrooms contain high amounts of thiamine, or vitamin B1, which helps support nervous system functions and blood sugar metabolism. The lilac-gilled mushrooms also contain large amounts of polysaccharaides, better known as carbohydrates.
Grill or oven roast Blue Foot mushrooms to retain their shape and texture. Can be used in a light sauce for meats, poultry or seafood. Their texture makes them a suitable meat substitute. Their intense flavor pairs well with bold flavored vegetables. To store, refrigerate in a paper bag.
In Hungary, Blue Foot mushrooms are called Lila pereszke. In France they are sometimes referred to as Rhodopaxille nu, a remnant from an older Latin designation for the Pied bleu fungus. Among the foragers and amateur mycologists in the United States, the mushroom is called Wood Blewit.
The Blue Foot mushroom thrives in woodland habitats, hedgerows, even urban parks and gardens. It can be found in both the Pacific Northwest and in the Northeastern states and is cultivated for commercial use in France. Blue Foot mushrooms grow in fairy rings under hardwoods and conifers, among the pine needles and leaves. Though it is a fall-fruiting mushroom, sporadic spring fog-drips create lesser yielding harvests.
Recipes that include Blue Foot Mushrooms. One is easiest, three is harder.
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Turnips Distributing Borough Market
Near London, England, United Kingdom
About 142 days ago, 10/26/17
Spotter's comments : Blue Foot Mushrooms spotted at Turnips Distributing Borough Market. Fresh Blue Foot mushrooms at Borough Market