Mushrooms occurring in Europe - Lepista nuda

By marianomariano | Nature - mushrooms | 18 Sep 2019


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Lepista nuda - Hat diameter 40 to 120 mm (up to 150 mm). The color of young fruiting bodies is purple, lilac, later with a brown-lilac center, then all brown-purple, pale-purple, sometimes only brownish, often a little watery, always fading when drying. Shape initially convex, to plane, sometimes slightly depressed. Surface smooth, dry, matte, slightly hygrophanous. The bank is rolled up for a long time, with age bent upwards.

Lamella 6 to 10 mm wide. Initially purple, later with a ocher shade to purple-brownish, medium thick. Sinuate at the shaft.

Blade 50 to 100 (120) mm long and 12 to 30mm thick. Cylindrical in shape with a slightly bulbous base, full inside. Violet with an ocher tinge, later faded, gray-lilac, finally almost grayish-white, slightly fibrillose on the surface. At the base, covered with purple or violet-mycelium and overgrown with soil.

Purple flesh, later faded with a purple hue, firm, initially hard, later soft. With a clear, sweet, fruity aroma and a mild taste.

Occurrence: In deciduous and coniferous forests, in parks, gardens, near compost heaps, in forest clearings, road edges. It often grows in series or in devil's circles. The first fruiting bodies can be found already in May, but mainly in autumn. Common.

Value: Edible mushroom, tasty, suitable for all dishes using mushrooms.

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