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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Cool, Wet Summer...

Last weekend my husband and I went to our local Farmer's Market.  It seemed like every other booth had these interesting looking orange mushrooms for purchase.  

We were curious so we asked, what are they?  We were told they are called Chanterelle Mushrooms.  We also learned that they grow wild in our area and it's been a boom year for them.  What my husband and I found the most interesting is that on our walks over the last few weeks we've been  seeing these treats!  We had no idea that anything other than Morels were edible!  Sunday morning we went out for our walk and I took a bag with us.  

As we came upon the spot, where we had noted about 50 Chanterelle mushrooms before, I was heart broken to see they had all ready been harvested!  Cut off just under the cap!  We continued our walk and thirty minutes later I found another tiny patch of mushrooms.  I had to try them.  

I did a bunch of on-line research about Chanterelle's to see if these I found were the real deal.  Check out this info:  Chanterelle Mushrooms.  

I did find out that there was one look-a-like mushroom.   Although poisonous, these won't kill a person.  Eating the look-a-likes would just make a person sick; diarrhea, vomiting.   I felt confident so I sauteed my find.  In the end, I didn't get sick.  My kids were chicken and didn't want to taste these treats.  My husband waited for about thirty minutes after my first bite before he tried them.  

They were delicious and I can't wait to find some more!  :)


Lauranie said...

mmmm, they look yummy! But I would probably do exactly what your hubby did and wait for my hubby to try it first!! :)

comfrey cottages said...

oh hottie! what a good find!! there are lots of edible mushrooms but i only found one really, really good book that i trust to help me identify them. this book is for illinois and surrounding states, and i forget just where you are so must go check but posting the link anyway. you might find it through your library also.
big hugs:)

parTea lady said...

I like mushrooms, but I'm not brave enough to harvest wild mushrooms. I'd be another one to watch what happens when someone else tried them first.

Portobella mushrooms are a favorite of mine - nice flavor and texture. I read that some people think that Chanterelle mushrooms have an apricot flavor. Did you notice that?