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Why magic mushrooms turn dark blue when picked

Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Hille, Grosses Torfmoor, Psilocybe azurescens mushroom.

The compound that gives mushrooms such as Psilocybe azurescens hallucinogenic properties also makes them go blue when damaged. Credit: Getty

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Nature 576, 11 (2019)

doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-019-03614-0

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