Selby Shroom’s favourite mushroom – the wood blewit is an magnificent looking species with lilac gills, a meaty mottled lilac stem, a strong margin and a viscid lilac to brown cap. In Selby this mushroom can appear solitary or in large patches below dogwood, Messmate stringybark forest where it appears with a very brown cap, or under pine trees where it seems to produce a milder cap colour and less distinct fruity odour. Some seasons they barely appear at all; other years they appear in abundance. They are a late winter mushroom – seeming to flush when the others are winding down in June/July once cold frosts start.
This mushroom’s perfumey, fruity, orange-juicy aroma is always amazing. It is a mushroom that is second to none in terms of the strength of its rich, earthy flavour. While some believe it is an acquired taste and that it tends to dominate most dishes, it is still a very versatile mushroom. Some report mild allergic reactions to this mushroom and it should never be eaten uncooked.
Selby Shrooms are currently in the process of test fruiting over thirty isolates (strains) of this mushroom – taken directly as clones of wild local specimens or isolated from spore strains of local blewits. At least three appear to be reasonable yielding strains with the aim of providing a guaranteed yield every year. The mushroom will be fruited on a mixture of local organic compost and leaf matter cased with peat. More recently we have abandoned attempts to fruit this mushroom indoors and hope to instead provide high-yielding 2.5 litre spawn bags of composted pine needles to innoculate outdoor compost or leaf mulch.
We also specialise in collecting this mushroom in the wild – in fact the largest single collection of this mushroom occurred in our backyard in 2011 under a large messmate!
Our price this season for this mushroom is $40-$50 per kilo depending on local yields. We also intend to sell 2.5 litre spawn bags of this mushroom for $40 each and petri dish cultures for $25.
Selby Shrooms taste rating for this species: Excellent
Cultivation complexity – moderate to complex
Thanks to WB for some of these photos towards the bottom: