Saturday, July 22, 2017
Last year, I saw these mushrooms growing near my woodland path and thought they were Jack-O-Lantern mushrooms, which are toxic. I was out walking in the woods yesterday and saw them again, so did some research and found out I was wrong! These are Chanterelles. I brought in three quarters of a pound. I'm very excited about it. I've been collecting Oyster mushrooms for a few years here, and now I've found another edible mushroom. If YOU find some that look like this, the first thing to do is break open a stem. The inside of the stem should be a creamy white, NOT the same color as the outside of the mushroom. Then, check the gills. Chanterelles do not have true gills. Lastly, try pulling one apart lengthwise. It should come apart similar to string cheese. Don't take my word for it. Mushrooms can be very dangerous. Do your own research. Ideally, find a mushroom expert. Be very careful, please. These grow in hardwood forest on the ground, not on trees.