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Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius)

Description

Orange or yellow terrestrial mushroom with gills extending down its stem. Sometimes said to smell of apricots.

Habitat

Found in many kinds of woodland.

Uses

One of the most delicious of our wild mushrooms, and rarely maggot-infested. Try stewing it slowly in milk, or frying it with garlic.

Gathering

Gather between July and December. Avoid confusing it with false chanterelle (thinner stem and lacking the fruity smell). This is poisonous to some.

See the mushroom page for general advice on gathering wild fungi.

 

Wild Harvests research - uses in Scotland today

Chanterelles: used to provide food and beverages for personal use, gifts, commercial trade, processed items for sale and unprocessed produce for sale

Photo - chanterelle mushrooms, one lying on the ground to show the gills
Other information

Chanterelles were the most mentioned fungi during the Wild Harvests research project.

Recipe: chanterelle a la Grecque