Went 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
I saw my first chanterelle “pinheads” last week. Went out and checked this morning, and many more are showing along a trail. Back in the woods, I imagine they are still under the leaves. BUT they ARE coming. I’m thinking two weeks until a good picking here in the Valley.
Farther south should be sooner. Can’t wait.
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!