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Look out for nature’s rare gift, mushrooms colored as galaxies.

Finding purple mushrooms in the forest is uncommon. Many are drawn in by their exotic appearance. This unique purple color mushroom is called “amethyst.” It is also referred to as “amethyst imposter” and “ammonium mushroom” due to its different characteristics. 

As shown in the photo below, this mushroom’s color gives a glimpse of galaxies.

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These uncommon violet color mushrooms are a gift of nature.

The scientific name for the amethyst mushroom is Lacaria amethystina. It is a species of Basidiomycota mushroom with a cap smaller than 6 cm in diameter and a height of up to 10 cm. With time and the environment, it develops a pigment that may alter.

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They are called ammonium fungi because they only or primarily produce fruit bodies in soil supplemented with ammonia or other nitrogen-containing substances.

What are the characteristics of this violet mushroom?

When the hat is young, it has a hemispherical shape, but as it ages, it straightens out and becomes flat. It has a distinctive violet hue that is especially noticeable in older specimens, or water is not over them. The plates are thick, uncommon, annate, widely spaced, and have the same color as the cap or even a bit more. They hold up the lamella and stipe in front of the union.

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Not only do they give your garden an attractive look, but they also give health benefits to your body.

Long and thin, cylindrical, positioned in the middle, with longitudinal white fiber strokes that are ringless and slightly paler in color than the cap, especially at the distal end. The amethyst mushroom’s leg is similarly violet in color. The leg exhibits longitudinal fibers. The flesh is thin and edible, violet tastes slightly sweet, and has a soft fruity aroma.

Where do amethyst mushrooms grow?

Lacaria amethystina is a frequent species that thrive independently in deciduous and coniferous forests on nitrogen-rich soils. Some thrive in locations that have previously burnt or under fallen leaves. In the summer and the beginning of winter, it produces fruit. Most temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North America are all home to this widespread species. They live amid other ectomycorrhizal plants like beech and oak in wet parts of coniferous woods.

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Amethyst mushroom is relatively safe to consume. Usually, people combine them with other kinds of mushrooms.

The hat’s color initially has a deep purple tint and is lovely, but older specimens start to fade and lose their beauty. Because of this change of colors, the amethyst mushroom has another name. The “amethyst imposter.” Amethyst mushroom and pure Mycena appear extremely similar, but the latter is much more harmful to health. White plates and a distinctive, unique odor let you identify Mycena. Amethyst mushrooms are healthy for the body. They are rich with,

  • manganese
  • Iron
  • potassium
  • calcium
  • sodium
  • copper
  • zinc
  • thiamine
  • riboflavin
  • B vitamins
  • Cellulose
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These obtrusive mushrooms grow on damp soil in woodlands.

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