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The "Bluefoot", AKA Lepista saeva or Clitocybe saeva, cousin to Lepista nuda, the "Blewit", a wild mushroom popular & plentiful (apparently) in Scotland, but common here as well.
The bluefoot is supposedly a "cultivated" blewit, meaning that it is grown indoors, since the blewit can be cultivated in beds on compost, like Agaricus.
Here's a photo of the blewit:
And something I found on the web about blewit cultivation:
Cultivation tips This species grows very happily around compost heaps and amonst woody leaf litter. Once established, the outdoor beds require little maintainance and should fruit every year.? Crops have been harvested from Late September, well into winter, even after light frosts. Indoor cultivation is possible too and beds should be prepared using the same methods used for Agaricus farming.? The best casing mixture is peat with plenty of limestone flour.
Stamets has a chapter in TMC about L. nuda, but I get the sense he hadn't worked with it himself when he wrote it, since the details are sketchy, and only referential. And he left it out of GGMM as well, not thinking it worth including for some reason. These references might be worth looking at for this Lepista.
The bluefoot is a delicious edible, meaty and firm, medium sized, stands up well to grilling, and around $18/lb, so growing one's own would be a good thing.
Anyone else know this one, or know how to grow it?
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