Foraging Fun: Climacodon septentrionalis

One of the things that I love most about foraging is that one always comes across the unexpected, each and every time without fail. There is always something new, even for some who like myself have spent just shy of 10 years rummaging through wild spaces with one eye out for something new to taste, heal or in any sort of way experience. Although southern Ontario may not be one of the most relished hot spots for fungi given our hot and often dry summers, for someone new to the world of fungi there are many mysterious and wonderful encounters awaiting. Continue reading “Foraging Fun: Climacodon septentrionalis”

Shroom Hunting: Agrocybe dura

I am not the most knowledgeable when it comes to the identification of wild mushroom species, but that fact is on the fast track to becoming untrue. Every time now that I take a wander through any remotely wild space, I have my eyes peeled for not just plants but also mushrooms, as I have developed a recent fascination with them over the last 2 years or so. I  realized that they were around and played an important ecological roll, but never made an effort to decode and demystify them. I am observing and learning to recognize many of the common and regular species better now, and this species is the one that I learned about and got the most intimate with this week.

A typical young cluster of cracked-cap agrocybe, with the edges of the cap only starting to turn up and the surface developing cracks.

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