We have a long backyard with a wooded section at the back. I was out there stopping the woods from taking over the yard when I noticed some strange fungi beside an old maple stump. I happen to know this weird item. It’s Xylaria polymorpha,… Read More
Somebody landed on this blog today after entering the search term Lactarius thyinos into a search engine. As it happens this is something I’ve written about in the past. L. thyinos are a variety of milk cap mushrooms. I find them from time to time,… Read More
Somebody landed on this blog after searching “upset stomach mushrooms”, and this got me thinking that since a lot of would-be mushroom-hounds have been visiting this blog, I should make a few comments. I don’t know how many species of mushrooms there are in Ontario… Read More
Somebody landed on this blog after searching the question, “Are there poisonous mushrooms in Ontario? A. Yes, plenty. Be careful please.
Years ago, before I started paying attention to mushrooms, the forest was something I quickly walked through on my way to a trout stream. When you slow down and start to look carefully, though, you can find the strangest things growing in the woods. These… Read More
Please excuse the quality of the photograph…I was rushing because it was drizzling some and I didn’t want to get my camera phone wet. We found some of these on the Go Home Lake mushroom hunt. I checked some different references and have seen them… Read More
Saturday morning I drove up to Go Home Lake, where I was invited to lead a mushroom hunt – the second annual. I’m no pro mycologist, but I can reliably identify a good number of tasty edibles as well as some of the nasty poisonous… Read More
I drove a couple hours north of the city early this morning in search of some brook trout in a particularly gorgeous and challenging trout stream I know. As a bonus I found a few edible mushrooms. These are “milk caps” or Lactarius mushrooms. When… Read More
Here you can see the underside of a couple of the Hydnum repandum I found this morning. As you can see, these hedgehog mushrooms have teeth. Some people remove the teeth before cooking, but I don’t see any need to do that.
You don’t see the distinctive teeth on hedgehog mushrooms until you pick them. Tuffy P and I picked a few this morning. Here’s how they appear in the forest. There are two types of hedgehog mushrooms, Hydnum repandum and Hydnum umbilicatum. These are Hydnum repandum.… Read More