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Admirable Boletus

The Admirable Boletus Mushroom is also known as the velvet top mushroom. It has a semi-sweet, spicy aroma and a slightly milder taste than the king or red cap boletus mushroom. This mushroom grows all over Vancouver Island. Sometimes in the hundreds. Its quite amazing to see them growing in such abundance, and to take some home for the frying pan is wonderful. Read More….

 

Albatrellus Flettii Mushroom

There are two North American Albatrellus species that are blue, the eastern Albatrellus Caeruleoporus Mushroom and the western Albatrellus Flettii Mushroom. There are 12 Albatrellus species in North America. This mushroom’s beautiful blue color is only around for a short while and after the first few days, it quite often turns into a rather plain-looking mushroom. Read More….

 

Amanita Calyptroderma Mushroom

Most Amanita’s come with white gills, but the Amanita Calyptroderma quite often has pale yellow to cream-colored gills, stalk, and veil. This mushroom is also called the Coccora. The universal veil is always white. The edge of the cap always shows striations, even in young specimens. I do not recommend you seek out this mushroom without an expert to teach you how to recognize it. The deadly Amanita Phalloides (Death Cap) can very easily be mistaken for this mushroom. Read More….

Angel Wing Mushroom

Angel Wing Mushrooms are a white fan-shaped mushroom that grows shelf-like. It is a very thin fleshed mushroom which feels dry and smooth to the touch, they could be hairy to the touch on top. The gills are quite crowded, narrow and range in color from white to cream, the spore print is white. Angel wings are one of my favorite wild mushrooms, if only for their beauty alone.  Read More….

 

Blue Chanterelle

Although it is quite often referred to as the Blue Chanterelle Mushroom, this wild mushroom is not a chanterelle at all. Mycologists have placed it into the genus Polyozellus, a member of the Thelephoraceae family. It is a mushroom of the lowland forests, it grows best in the wet spruce and fir forests of the BC coastal region. I have seen these in large groups a few times, but have mostly seen them as single mushrooms. Read More….

Brittle Cinder

Brittle Cinder affects a vast array of tree species, infection usually occurs through wounds in the bark. This can result in significant strength loss, so careful consideration should be taken if this fungus is located on a tree. If this were to attack trees growing upwind from a structure, it could cause the trees to blow down in a wind storm. Brittle Cinder is edible but not very choice, I would look for better eating mushrooms before eating this one. Read More….

Cauliflower Mushroom

The cauliflower mushroom is a wild edible mushroom that grows all over the Pacific Northwest in the fall. They are an incredible mushroom to look at and are very tasty. They are connected to their growing areas by a system of mycelium that is kinda like a root system. When you harvest mushrooms, you should be careful not to damage the mycelium, if undamaged, they will fruit over and over again. Read More….

Chaga Fungi

Unlike the soft bodies of mushrooms, Chaga is hard and dense, almost as hard as the wood it is growing in.  It is a mushroom that normally grows on birch trees across the Northern Hemisphere. When you first see it, you would see a rough-looking growth on the side of a tree, not looking like something you would like to ingest, but this mushroom is a hidden wonder of the natural world. Read More….

 

Chanterelle

The yellow chanterelle is harvested all over the BC coastal region. Harvesting of yellow chanterelles begins in September and continues until November or December on the outer islands and the BC coast. White chanterelles are also harvested from the region. Harvesting of chanterelles is something we have done for years. When dried, the white chanterelle turns yellow. Looking a lot like yellow ones. Read More….

Chicken Of The Woods

Chicken Of The Woods Mushrooms is found all over the Pacific Northwest. They can be harvested from August through October or later but are sometimes found as early as June. This mushroom will surprise you with its size. It is noticeable from a long distance because of this size and its very bright colors. It grows on many types of dead or mature trees with hardwoods such as Garry Oak, Red Alder, and Conifers. Read More….

Conifer Coral

The Conifer Coral Mushroom is found in the late summer and fall. We find them at higher elevations here on the BC coast. They are most common in wooded areas, especially conifer forests, and are usually found on the ground or on stumps and fallen logs. Some grow in open fields. They are not common but always a welcome sight as they are a very delicious mushroom. Read More….

 

Crested Coral

The crested coral fungus is probably the most commonly encountered of the many coral-like fungi in the Pacific Northwest, it is easily spotted when it grows along woodland trails. Common and widespread in woods and occasionally in grassland here on the coast, as indeed it is in other parts of the pacific northwest, It is also recorded in many other temperate parts of the world. It’s a common mushroom. Read More….

Fawn Mushroom

The fawn mushroom is widely distributed and common in the Pacific Northwest. It is fairly easily recognized by its growth on wood, its free gills that begin whitish but soon become pink its brownish cap, and its medium size. It is not picky about what kind of wood it grows on, nor is it very picky about when it will fruit, appearing from spring to fall and even in winters here on the outer coast. Read More….

 

Fluted Back Helvella Saddle Mushroom

The Fluted Black Helvella Saddle Mushroom, also called the black elfin saddle grows on all of the Pacific Northwest and is quite common. It grows in small groups on the open ground beneath conifer trees. The cap is gray to black, saddle-shaped and usually convoluted with either a smooth or wrinkled surface depending on age. The flesh is quite brittle. The underside is gray to black with a gray stalk that can turn black with age, it is convoluted to fluted with elongated holes. Read More….

Hygrocybe Miniata Mushroom

One of the smaller species of red waxcap fungi, the Hygrocybe Miniata Mushroom can occasionally be found in the Pacific Northwest, look for them in woodland clearings. The Hygrocybe Miniata Mushroom are notoriously difficult to separate on macroscopic characters alone, and so it is a great help when a species has one or more features shared with few or no other waxcaps. These waxcaps are scurfy rather than greasy. Read More….

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