(Golden Chanterelle, Chanterelle, Girolle, Pfifferling, Cantharellus cibarius)
Chanterelles are found in the woods, on the ground under various conifers and often in mixed aspen with juniper bushes. They like areas where the ground gets flat and holds moisture. Anywhere from 7000 to 11000 ft but typically above 9000ft. The Golden Chanterelle can be very abundant in the San Juan Mountains. They like a lot of moisture.
The Golden Chanterelle is a very sought after gourmet mushroom. They smell fruity like apricots. They are usually free of bugs unlike most other mushrooms. This one is a personal favorite. Some years they are more abundant than others. The only issue is that they can be fairly dirty and cleaning them can be a real chore but well worth the effort. C. roseocanus is the name given due to the "rosy" looking color of the cap of our local variety. There could be others as well.
The false Chanterelle Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca is a look-a-like that it is commonly confused with.
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