mushrooms

Foraging Fun: Boletus subvelutipes

If you are like me and enjoy (or rather crave) the euphoric satisfaction of confidently identifying a plant, mushroom, or any other organism for that matter, then I’m sure that you can relate and offer your sympathy for when the exact opposite happens. Sometimes, due to no fault of your own, your seemingly careful and thorough research leads you further and further astray, coaxing you instead through a labyrinth of overwhelmingly complicated and outdated taxonomic literature that few sane amateur mycologists wish to trouble themselves with. Allow me to introduce you to Boletus subvelutipes. (more…)

Foraging Fun: Agaricus bitorquis

Continuing on the theme of long overdue posts (referring to my previous post discussing hemlock reishi, Ganoderma tsugae), my surprise encounter in late May of 2016 with an extensive patch of Agaricus bitorquis was probably one of the most fruitful foraging adventures of that whole year. I was nearly in hysterics after discovering these hefty beasts discretely heaving themselves up and through mounds of wood chips. I couldn’t keep it together for quite a while thereafter, as I still have a problem with getting way too excited about these sorts of things.  (more…)

Foraging Fun: Ganoderma tsugae

Although it is most certainly not June outside (as much as I would like for it to be) I couldn’t help but write a post about the first time that I encountered Ganoderma tsugae, a strikingly beautiful and highly medicinal mushroom back in the hot, humid deciduous forests of southern Ontario back in 2015. This is exactly what happens when you take so many photos of plants and fungi on your excursions during the summer and can’t get to them all in season. (more…)

Mushroom Cultivation: Straw Bucket Tech

There are so many different ways to grow oyster mushrooms it’s almost but not quite unbelievable, so do yourself a favor and please don’t for an instant think that this is the only way, or necessarily the best way, to go about the process. Oyster mushrooms (Basidiomycete fungi of the genus Pleurotus) are an incredibly adaptable and resilient bunch that can perform well under a comparatively wide range of growing conditions that would be completely inappropriate for other varieties of edible and medicinal mushrooms.
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Foraging Fun: Agaricus campestris

The Meadow mushroom (Agaricus campestris) is a close relative of the button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) but processes a complex life cycle and requires a specific enough habitat so as to have so far evaded extensive cultivation and remains a treasure of wild (or at least semi-wild) spaces. (more…)