Cantharellus cibarius
(Golden Chanterelle, Chanterelle, Girolle, Pfifferling)
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Location: Colorado
Smell: Fruity
Spore Print: Yellow
Edibility: Choice
Color: Yellow to Orange

Chanterelles are found in the woods, on the ground in mixed aspen and juniper bushes. They like areas where the ground gets flat. Anywhere from 7000 to 11000 ft.

The Golden Chanterelle is a very sought after gourmet mushroom. Smells fruity like Apricots. They are usually free of bugs unlike most other mushrooms. This one is a personal favorite. They are not very easy to find. Some years more abundant than others.

Lookalikes include the Jack O'Lantern fungus (Omphalotus Illudens) which does not have forked gills, grows on wood (possibly buried wood) and in clusters. The false chanterelle Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca which is more likely to be found in Colorado.

Creme of Chanterelle soup is a great way to serve them.

Last Updated:
May 27 2015 04:21 PM

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