Can you eat blue Mycena mushroom?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “Can you eat blue Mycena mushroom?”. We will also talk about what blue Mycena mushrooms are and if they are poisonous or not.

Can you eat blue Mycena mushroom?

Yes, you can eat some species of blue Mycena mushrooms. Some species of blue Mycena mushrooms are not edible and are supposed to be toxic and poisonous. These blue Mycena mushrooms are too tiny and small with not more than an inch diameter at maturity to be fit for any meal.

Some species of blue Mycena mushrooms are both edible and medicinal. A few species of blue Mycena mushrooms have antifungal and antidepressant properties. Some types of blue Mycena mushrooms can be harmless if consumed but can have psychoactive effects and can cause health hazards.

What are blue Mycena mushrooms? 

Blue Mycena mushrooms are typically found in the wild in the trunks and bark of the trees in the temperate forests and woodlands in North America, Europe, and Asia. The blue Mycena mushrooms have a close similarity with other mushroom species such as chanterelles and porcini mushrooms.

The blue Mycena mushrooms are distinguishable because of their light blue color, small cap, thin stem, and white spore print. There are around 500 species of mushrooms under the Mycena genus and only a few have a blue hue to them, one of which is the blue Mycena mushroom.

These mushrooms can be mostly seen around the summer months but can be found all year. The blue Mycena mushrooms get its blue color due to the presence of cyanophilic pigment abundant in these species of mushrooms. The pigment, cyanophilic when exposed to air, changes into blue color because of the presence of psilocybe, a hallucinogenic substance.

What are the different types of blue Mycena mushrooms?

There are many mushrooms with a blue or bluish color to them but not all are Mycena mushrooms. Some of the blue Mycena mushrooms are discussed below.

Mycena interrupta 

These species of Mycena mushrooms are also known as Pixie’s Parasol and are found in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Europe in the bark of fallen woods and trees.

It is not clearly known if these species of Mycena mushrooms are edible or not. The blue hue on the mushrooms is due to the presence of psilocybin, a chemical compound known for its hallucinogenic and psychoactive properties.

Typically, mushrooms containing psilocybin are mildly toxic and no known cause of death due to its consumption has been recorded. 

Mycena cyanorrhiza

These species of blue Mycena mushrooms are found in Asia, North America, Australia, and Europe that grow in coniferous woods. Mycena cyanorrhiza is a saprotrophic fungus and is found growing mainly during the autumn seasons.

These mushrooms are known to be highly hallucinogenic. These have a blue ring around the stem which makes them look beautiful.

Mycena citrinopallida 

These species of blue Mycena mushrooms are saprotrophic and also parasitic. These are mainly found in Europe, Australia, and North America. Mycena citrinopallida has a blue color but produces sepia-brown slimy caps which are slimy when wet.

Mycena galopus

These species of blue Mycena mushrooms have shiny dark-olive caps and white gills and are widely found in Europe and North America. These grow on the ground in coniferous forests and sometimes in fields during autumn.

Mycena pura 

Mycena pura is parasitic in nature and can be found growing on oak trees in Europe and North America. They are known to have a fragrant smell.

Mycena rosea 

These species of blue Mycena mushrooms are found all over the world and are seen where there are humus-rich soils. Mycena rosea gets its name due to the pinkish-red gills which turn black when bruised or dried.

What are the medicinal uses of blue Mycena mushrooms?

Blue Mycena mushrooms are known to have psychoactive and hallucinating effects when consumed which is due to the presence of psilocybin, a chemical compound belonging to the genus psilocybe. This compound is also responsible for the blue hue it is known for.

Many species of blue Mycena mushrooms have been in use in traditional Asian medicine for centuries until recently, the clinical usage of hallucinogen is also being studied to treat mental illnesses such as addiction and depression.

Blue Mycena mushrooms are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antidepressant properties which help in improving cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of cancer, and healing wounds.

These mushrooms are also being used for recreational activities and are popularly known as magic mushrooms, and shrooms.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we answered the query, “Can you eat blue Mycena mushroom?”. We also talked about what blue Mycena mushrooms are and if they are poisonous or not.

I hope you find this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

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