Chanterelles are UP !!

chanterelle062214Went out today with Joe on his 4-wheeler to some off-road hollows in some local woods. We found a number of patches that had chanterelles big enough to harvest, but also plenty left to grow another week or 10 days.

Afterward, we walked some of the patches I know about. There are enough up to indicate a strong year with variation in in emergence. In other words, my expectation is several pickings in each patch. Last year I went in the area for six weeks, always with a good harvest.

Good luck and Bon Appetite

Chanterelle Tips

In the Great Valley of East Tennessee we are 16 inches above average rainfall as of July 3. That has meant a LOT of chanterelles, but it also means picking a lot of wet ones. This can mean problems in storage. I keep mine in an extra refrigerator, in a spare basket(s), covered by a dish towel. Sometimes you may want to pre-dry them first. The picture above is 8 pounds I picked this morning. I laid them out on my porch table with a light breeze blowing on them from a ceiling fan. Once they dry I’ll put them in the frig.

ALWAYS examine EVERY chanterelle as you pick them, even in the middle of a large dense patch. Below is a picture of a poisonous Amanita growing between two chanterelles. I actually picked it, but when I turned it over to trim and examine the underside of the cap, I saw that I had an Amanita. Tunnel vision in a mushroom patch can be dangerous. Developing good picking habits prevents inadvertent collections of unwanted species.

 

Along this same line, I had someone come up to me in the market Saturday with her “prized chanterelle”. It was a beautiful Jack-O’Lantern. I was able to show her the gills and discuss the differences with her. Last year I found a single Jack in the midst of a chanterelle patch myself. Looking around I finally spotted all the others on the back side of a nearby dead tree.

Just a tip: Examine every mushroom before it goes in the basket and err on the side of caution!