Quercus spp. Oak trees.

Quercus spp. Oak trees.

These mystical towering giants hold a special place in the heart of humanity. We have relied on them as a source of fuel, timber, food, & spiritual inspiration for millennia. Myths about their life giving essence can be found from cultures as diverse as the...
Grifola frondosa aka Hen of the Woods or Maitake

Grifola frondosa aka Hen of the Woods or Maitake

If smelling of mice, yes mice, looking like a pissed off hen, and being a parasite turns you off then you’re missing out. Not only is this fungus the true harbinger of fall but it is an anti-carcinogenic powerhouse. In a 2003 study published by the National...
Purslane – Portulaca oleracea

Purslane – Portulaca oleracea

About: This plant reigns supreme when compared to all other leafy vegetables. That’s right the plant you mercilessly rip from your flower beds and toss in the compost pile is a Herculean ├╝berfood. It has been held in high regard since antiquity; Pliny the Elder...
Hedgehog Mushroom – Hydnum repandum

Hedgehog Mushroom – Hydnum repandum

About: This fungus is a real treat! Many foragers stumble on this fungus while looking for chanterelles. From afar I often think they are. Hedgehog mushrooms are mychorrizal with hardwoods & conifers. Mychorrizal fungi grow symbiotically with their host tree. Near...
The Ringless Honey Mushroom: Armillaria Tabescens

The Ringless Honey Mushroom: Armillaria Tabescens

If you live in the North East or near the Great Lakes (or east of the Mississippi) then you are seeing this wild mushroom now. In LARGE amounts. EVERYWHERE! This mushroom starts to show up in late summer and seems to suddenly appear out of thin air. I really enjoy...
Chanterelles!

Chanterelles!

Cantharellus spp. aka chanterelles are up in Cleveland! To properly identify Cantharellus cibarius or other Cantharellus spp. look for the following: These mushrooms lack true gills. Instead their spore bearing surface is lined with ridges or folds. These ridges are...

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