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Mushrooms

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Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

As a youngster back in the 1950s, one of our responsibilities was to go out in the open fields and pick fresh mushrooms – and to know the good from the bad. There are hundreds of different kinds of mushrooms and some types contain the lethal... more

Recipes

P1- A bowl of spruce grouse.

Sydney Oland

On the way back I happened across a spruce grouse and it seemed that my luck was changing. As I was dressing my grouse I heard two more shots and it turned out that my hunting partners had had a similar thought about duck hunting, and had also more

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Morel Mushrooms

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Of course there are many books on plant identification, but finding one specific to your climate and region is, well, essential. A time-tested book is Edible and Medicinal Plants of Canada by Andy Mackinnon (2009) – and there’s a whole related series more

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

After you’ve picked your first few batches of mushrooms, and haven’t landed in the hospital, you’ll find the mushroom conversation branches into themes of field testing, drying, and alternate uses, such as medicines, dyes and crafts. more

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: Jozien Kozier

Mushroom season starts in spring. On a hike at the end of May, I came upon some black morels. In the Yukon, morels usually only grow where there has been a recent fire, although I've found them growing other places. With the warm weather and rain... more

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: wikimedia.commons.com

I’m going to tell you the story of my very personal relationship with a mushroom. I had met Lactarius deliciosus a few times at a friend’s place. Julie Frisch was, at that time, a natural history interpreter in the Tombstone Territorial Park, ... more

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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Ron Patrick

Jean Francois is a chef. I met him at a B.C. heli-ski lodge on Highway 5 — The Yellowhead — in the early 2000s. He cooked pastries and cakes and cookies and yelled at the breakfast servers at six in the morning. I was a person cleaning rooms, ... more

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I was re-routing some electrical cables through some bushes the other day, and what did my little eye spy? Not one, but two beautiful Agaricus mushrooms, one quite large and already flattened out like a pancake, the other with its veil still intact. more

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Contrary to popular belief, mushroom hunting does not have the risk factor of Russian roulette. In fact, with a little knowledge and some common sense, it can be safer than many other hunts. more

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The mossy floor of old growth forest is soft and damp. I breathe the air; warm and thick. My exhalation of carbon dioxide draws mosquitoes to descend on me like a plague, biting through my jeans to my flesh. more

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Iknow, I know, you're all thinking I'm crazy, but after the rain, the underground "internet" of mycelium is incubating. Mushrooms are being born. more

Morel mushrooms are an exquisite treat found in the ashy remains of the forest fire floor. Because these mushrooms only germinate when exposed to extremely high heat, morels are available the year after a forest fire has raged through the woods. Whi more