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Chanterelle

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This very tasty mushroom can be found in small groups in woodland, more often with beech or birch.. A delight to come across, but be careful of other foragers as they can be quite territorial over their Chanterelle patches!

 

Mushroom Type
Common Names Chanterelle, Girole
Scientific Name Cantharellus cibarius
Season Start May
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Flattened at first with irregular margin becoming depressed towards the centre. Often undulating all round the edges, later turning up to form a loose trumpet. Yellow with white flesh.

Gills

Does not have true bladed gills but forked, slightly rounded folds that look like gills. These run part way down the stem.

Stem

Solid, tapering towards the base. Yellow with white flesh on cutting.

Flesh

The Chanterelle has white flesh.

Habitat

All types of woodland but mainly with beech in England and birch in Scotland and usually growing in moss.

Possible Confusion

The False chanterelle ,Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca, pictured, looks similar but is more orangey yellow, when cut in half it does not have the white flesh of the true Chanterelle but is concolourous with the cap, and its gills are more crowded. Said to be edible but poor in older books, it can apparently cause food poisoning symptoms and even hallucinations for some people so it’s better avoided.

The poisonous Jack O’Lantern, Omphalotus olearius, is a very rare mushroom in Britain, it grows on deciduous wood, it has true gills and is darker orange in colour.

It could be confused with other members of the Chanterelle family which are all good edibles. The Amethyst Chanterelle is similar but has purple scales on the cap, and the stem and flesh bruise brown, it is rare in Britain and shouldn’t be picked unless abundant.

Spore Print

Ochraceous. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Excellent, sweet. Chanterelles smell fruity, quite like apricots.

Frequency

Fairly common.

COMMENTS

2 comments for Chanterelle

  1. Steve says:

    Marlow
    What’s the time span of a chanterelle, finding a lot of small ones and leaving, how long should I wait ?

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Steve, small Chanterelles can grow into large ones in just a few days if the weather is right, warm and wet, but if it is dry they seem to not change much day to day. If you are lucky the season for them should last from about June to September. Eric.

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