Leaf, Root Fungi, Fruit

U-Pick Produce at Local Farms

Farmers’ markets are a great place to shop for local produce during the summer. And CSAs are an excellent way to support local agriculture and …

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Photo of a cluster of Stropharia.

Farewell to Leaf, Root, Fungi, Fruit

Five years ago, a few of us were hiking in the Rattlesnake outside Missoula. We meandered along watching birds, eating leaves, finding mushrooms, and enjoying …

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photo of 3 mushrooms growing up through the grass.

Shaggy Parasols

The color blue isn’t in the Bible. Research suggests we didn’t recognize it as a color back then. I believe the world is filled with …

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Photo of Boletus Rex-Verus mushroom.

Spring Kings Porcini Mushrooms

I normally feature lesser-known species here in Leaf Root Fungi Fruit. However, there is a mushroom whose awesomeness is so unquestionable, that in spite of …

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Photo of deer crossing warning sign for motorists.

Opportunistic Hunting

  I called my pal Rick, a farmer, for direction on what to do next. I was standing before a dead ruffed grouse. He told …

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Photo by Drew_Parker.

Fairy Clubs

Gnomes and fairies live near mushrooms. If you want to find the little people, patches of fairy clubs are your first stop. An essential part …

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Photo of inky caps by Leah Bendlin.

Inky Caps

Instead of releasing spores into the wind to be carried off in endless raining of zygotes upon the planet surface, inky caps produce an enzyme …

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Ballhead Waterleaf

Some plants ‘speak’ louder than others, standing out in an eye-catching way. The first time we walked into a patch of flowering camas, I said …

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Photo of a snowbank mushroom courtesy of Kelly Chadwick.

The Snowbank Mushroom

In celebration of spring, people flock to their secret locations in search of morels. They start hunting weeks too early, unable to rein in their …

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Inner Bark: A Sweet Treat

Unlike the deliciously exaggerated sugar-and starch-filled produce of today, wild foods are often tough, bitter, astringent, or intensely vegetal, including many prized plants in older …

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