Northern Bushcraft

Wild Edible Mushrooms of Ontario

This guide covers a number of edible mushrooms in Ontario, Canada including the Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton areas and the Georgian Bay Islands, Pukaskwa, Bruce Peninsula, Point Pelee, and St. Lawrence Islands National Parks. Do not collect where prohibited.

This guide focuses on wild edible mushrooms that are suitable for the novice mushroom enthusiast, since they either have no poisonous look-alikes or can be differentated from look-alikes by verifying all the key characteristics listed for the mushroom. As a safety precaution, only consume small quantities when trying a mushroom for the first time, and always cook mushrooms thoroughly.

Warning: do not attempt to identify a mushroom by matching the pictures alone; compare all the listed characteristics. Never experiment with a mushroom that you cannot positively identify, that is over-ripe, damaged, or collected from contaminated areas. Consuming poisonous mushrooms can kill you.

  1. horn of plenty (aka black chanterelle, black trumpet)
  2. jelly ear (aka wood ear)
  3. king bolete (aka cepe)
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Related topics: Edible Berries of Ontario - Edible Plants of Ontario
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