A shortcut to mushrooms
How are you at identifying chanterelles? After the dry summer, several damp days have encouraged all sorts of fungi to appear in the woods in this past week. I have been admiring some beautiful egg-yolk yellow ones under the trees and, yesterday, I suddenly realised that they might be the prized delicacies, chanterelles.
Being an amateur in the fungi-foraging department, however, I am a bit wary. Field mushrooms and giant puffballs are the only ones I’ve picked until now. Anyway, I picked one of the yellow mushrooms and took it into our local delicatessen, where the proprietor identified it unquestionably as a chanterelle and asked if I had any more to sell! That same one went into the stew I made last night, and we are still here to tell the tale today.
I have been checking books and websites. These fungi smell mouthwateringly of apricots and fresh mushroom. They are growing in acid soil/ moss under mixed fir/ birch woods, all of which is typical of the species. I’m 99% certain that they are true chanterelles.
And yet, and yet…I’m still wary. Is this a potential feast or a fiasco? Your advice would be very welcome!
You might enjoy Puffball season again.