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Winter Chanterelle

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer
Winter Winter

Occasional but can be found in great numbers towards the end of the season when lucky enough to find them.


Mushroom Type
Common Names Trumpet Chanterelle (EN), Winter Chanterelle (US), Yellow Foot (US), Siantrel Cornffurf (CY), Pieprznik Trąbkowy (PL), Tölcséres Rókagomba (HU)
Scientific Name Craterellus tubaeformis
Synonyms Cantherellus tubaeformis
Season Start Aug
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 4-7
Average Cap width (CM) 3-5
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


3-5 cm. Convex with a depression in the centre when young becoming funnel-shaped with irregular edges. A hole in the centre can run right through to the hollow stem. Dark yellow/brown to orange/yellow.


Pale yellow/brown. Not crowded, irregularly branching and running down the stem, decurrent. These are not true gills but folds.


3-6 cm long, 0.4-1.5 cm diameter. Yellow, cylindrical to irregular and hollow. Can have a vertical depression making the stem look like a pair of yellow legs. The stem generally tapers towards the base.




Mixed woodland and coniferous forest on moss or rotting wood. Found more in mossy Beech woods.

Possible Confusion

Other Chanterelles but these are edible.
The Jelly Baby (Leotia lubrica), pictured, looks similar but does not have gills and has a bulbous cap rather than a slight funnel shape. This mushroom is considered poisonous or inedible in some guides, edible in others, best avoided.

Spore Print

Off-white. Subglobose.

Taste / Smell

Excellent, stronger but less sweet than Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius).




10 comments for Winter Chanterelle

  1. eebest8 michael says:

    “Thank you ever so for you article.Really thank you! Great.”


  2. Daniel says:

    Brilliant info on this website, now I know what they are and they are edible, time to find some recipes 🍄🍴

  3. Patrick says:

    Haven’t found any so far this year but fortunately they are available at my local Tesco for £2 a packet!

    1. Fredrik Elg says:

      What Tesco is that? Would love to buy some!

    2. Kee says:

      Unexpectedly we found a lot in North London, we only picked the big one and probably 1/4 of what we found but still have around 2 kg of them in my fridge now 😁😁

  4. Trefor says:

    I have to ask – what on earth are you going to do with 2 Kg of them?

  5. Trefor says:

    Now reclassified as Craterellus tubaeformis!

    (Annoying isn’t it?)


  6. Michael De Vere says:

    These are super abundant in ANDORRA, where we live. But almost nobody picks them, because they prefer the summer chanterelle, or girolles / rosignols – i.e. the lovely orange ones. Andorra is the mushroom capital of Europe ;-). See you there!

  7. Stelios says:

    A nice looking wee mushroom tasty too found enough for a side dish a couple of days ago in Glasgow area .

  8. Arjun says:

    I have been continuously collecting various winter chanterelles in the south east since nov 2nd with my most recent pick on the 23rd Dec.. as long as the milder weather continues I believe the cantherellus will too 👌🙏👍
    Quite an exceptional year 👌

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