All posts tagged “Mushrooms

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Chicken of the Woods

Yesterday afternoon my friend Jamie sent me pictures of a spectacular chicken of the woods, asking me if in fact it was a chicken he had found. Chicken of the woods, or Laetiporus sulphureus, is also sometimes called the sulphur shelf. Most of us mushroom… Read More

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The reliable lobster

In mid-August in Southern Ontario the lobster is the mushroom hound’s best friend. They’re plentiful right now and they are wonderful mushrooms, which retain a great firm texture when cooked. The lobster, Hypomyces lactifluorum, is what happens when a certain cup fungus attacks host mushrooms.… Read More

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A backyard curiosity

There is an old apple stump out in our back yard. Today I noticed an unusual growth on it. This brown feathery growth is on the top and sides of the stump, which suggests the organism producing it has spread throughout the stump. I was… Read More

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Early morning foraging

I wanted to get out to the enchanted mushroom forest this weekend but the only opportunity was going to be an early and quick trip out this morning, so I hit the road at dawn. I’m glad I did because the forest was fairly generous… Read More

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Don’t eat these mushrooms

Several Amanita chipbowlius have appeared in the front garden. You can see that this one came up among some young sorel plants. The distinctive “chip bowl” mushroom often gravitates toward herbs in the garden. They are easy to identify – woody stalks and broad caps… Read More