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False Morels: Gyromitra, Carcinogens, and Controversy

False Morels: Gyromitra, Carcinogens, and Controversy
With spring breathing life into the air it is time to start looking for morel mushrooms (Morchella species), and while it’s still a little early h...

10 Wild Foods to Harvest This Spring

10 Wild Foods to Harvest This Spring
Here are our top ten recommendations for easy to forage and delicious to eat wild edibles.

Violet Jelly & Syrup

Violet Jelly & Syrup
Wild violet season has finally arrived in the Ottawa Valley after endless snow, rainstorms, and massive flooding. Their happy purple faces are har...

Dandelions as Food and Medicine

Dandelions as Food and Medicine
Ah, the humble and tenacious dandelion. How city dwellers hate it, engaging in futile yearly battles to eradicate it from their lawns and seemingl...

Chaga Medicine and Sustainability

Chaga Medicine and Sustainability
Chaga is earthy, dark, and mysterious with centuries of mythology and folklore behind its use from British Columbia to Russia and China. Throughou...

Balsam Fir, Chaga, and Chocolate

Balsam Fir, Chaga, and Chocolate
The Ottawa Valley is covered in a thick blanket of perfect white snow. Snow-covered trees, ice and snow-covered lakes, and ground so covered in sn...

The Forager's Buying Guide

The Forager's Buying Guide
Calendars & Identification Charts (1) Pacific Northwest Conifer Identification Poster by The Far Woods  (2) North American Plants 2017 Calenda...

Foraging & Eating Dryad's Saddle Mushrooms

Foraging & Eating Dryad's Saddle Mushrooms
There is one mushroom I am often asked about every spring and fall.  It is a gorgeous mushroom at its prime, undergoing a transformation from an al...

Berry Picking in the Valley

Berry Picking in the Valley
  If I could sum up this summer so far in one word it would be “drought”, the water levels in the river are down, and the bush is a tinder box.  ...

Catching Crayfish in Southeastern Ontario

Catching Crayfish in Southeastern Ontario
We spent the Canada Day long weekend catching crayfish in Brennan's Creek in front of the house. It's a good, wide, shallow creek full of mud, roc...

Spring Oyster Mushrooms

Spring Oyster Mushrooms
I was out for a walk in the woods with my buddies last week when I spied with my mushroom vision some perfect wild white oyster mushrooms growing ...

Do You Know the Mushroom Man?

Do You Know the Mushroom Man?
As many of you know there is more than just Sarah working here at Fern & Fungi.  There are even a few who have maybe seen rare photos of this ...