If it smells is unnaturally slimy or has changed colors it is not. Hopefully they found and saw nothing and won’t return next season to plunder the spot. Eating wild mushrooms isn’t dangerous provided you do solid research and know what to look for. I feel much better about the chanterelles I harvested yesterday. Thanks for your post. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account.

(I know there are various field / survival guides, but I’m disappointed in what I have seen so far… so much contradictory – and often uninformed – data… wrong classifications or photos, etc.. Also, talk of look-alikes, but not clear delineation or comparisons to make me comfortable enough to let my son loose in the wilds). Enter your email address and click the button to subscribe to Jack's blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Other types of mushrooms like Oyster have so many look-a-likes it can be almost impossible to tell what is what. Chanterelle Mushrooms: Hunting Santa Barbara County. And the chanterelles were not growing on the base of a Coast Live Oak either or any kind of oak for that matter, although oaks were nearby. Edible Wild Cinnabar Mushrooms Aka Cantharellus Cinnabarinus. ( Log Out /  .tales from one man's wanderings, regional insight and history. There seems to be a strong case of mycophobia in America when it comes to eating wild mushrooms. Again, it looks very similar to the True and False Chanterelles but is definitely posionous. Jack O' Lantern (Omphalotus olivascens) have thin-edged, deep, and never connecting gills. Pics... chantrelles, a wierd bolete.. siamese triplets. cap or even much larger. Furthermore, if the jack-o'-lantern's stem is peeled, the inside is orange, while the chanterelle is paler inside the stem. The second mushroom on the right is a fake chanterelle that's destined for the recycling bin. I had not planned on picking any mushrooms, but since I was so close I decided to take a looksee at how they were growing this season. Change ). Chanterelles NEVER grow this way! . I used to do “live off the land treks” during my younger years in the Arizona mountains and canyons; now my sons want to do the same, and I would like something more definitive to rely on for this region.

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None of the others had it.

Race and Recognition In the Woods, Condor Cave Reference On Redwood Log, Disney California Adventure Park, Parks Management Company’s Red Rock Racket and the Secret Green Ticket, Long Lost Trail Discovered, Hiking In A Time Of Lockdown And Distancing. These are the best pictures I have found so far. Twice I caught a glimpse of a guy with a bag stomping around in the woods foraging and I heard voices several times. Real close.

Post was not sent - check your email addresses! . I’m not sure, but I have a hard time believing they didn’t see me or at the very least hear me zipping my bag closed. ( Log Out /  Unlike chanterelles, jack-o'-lantern mushrooms have true, sharp, non-forking gills; this is possibly the simplest trait for distinguishing between the two. The underside of a Jack O'Lantern showing the paper-thin gill structure, which differentiates them from chanterelles.

Way to go on the harvest! I’ve been picking for years, but still have people in my family that are leery of eating them. I’ve just finished reading “The Forager’s Harvest” (Samuel Thayer) a guide to identifying, harvesting and preparing Edible Wild Plants. . With a little practice you'll never have an unpleasant surprise when hunting for chanterelles, and you may just get to see a jack o'lantern glow in the dark! ( Log Out /  Glad to hear the post was of some value to you. I couldn’t move to hide behind anything without making noise in the crispy leaf mulch. Hopefully the difference between their two gill structures is clear! Just back from a lovely walk through the woods as the season slowly shifts from Summer to Autumn, and it looks like it's amazing season for one of these two - but unfortunately it's the false chanterelle! Unfortunately, most of it is for eastern and midwestern climes. Chanterelles growing at the base of a small tree within fifteen feet of the Jacks shown in the previous photo.