Weeds and Plants

Wild edible and medicinal weeds and plants are everywhere here in NW Ontario. Some tasty weeds are probably in your yard right now!

Berries

Blueberries abound here, but if you know where to look berry riches of NW Ontario start to show themselves.

Mushrooms

Some of the best tasting and easy to identify edible mushroom species are native to the Boreal Forest here in NW Ontario. 

Resources

Worksheets, charts, apps, maps and additional information to help you in your forage.

Weeds and Plants

Mushrooms

Berries and Nuts

Tips and Tricks

Berries

Berry season runs usually in the month of August with nearly all berries becoming rip during this time before the first frosts in September.

Blueberries are probably the most picked berries in the area however there are few more choices available and some may even be available in large quantities depending on year and location.

 

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Identification and resources

It is important to identify and be sure of edible plants, mushrooms and berries in the wild. There are numerous resources available however nothing is better than going with an expert and growing your knowledge over time.

Pictures and videos are very important and a simple google search (images) will return a wide range of a specific plant you are looking for.  There are numerous Facebook groups as well, where the users are usually more than happy to help identify something. Simply upload a good quality picture (or 3 or 4 from different angles) and see what the collective consensus is.

Keep in mind that no one can identify by picture alone 100% of the time.

Mushroom identification Facebook Group

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