Monday, December 12, 2011

Maybe the Golden Chanterelles Where Late This Year?

It occured to me today, when I saw two more lights shining in the forest that turned out to be Golden Chanterelles, that it was white chanterelles I collected earlier in the season. Maybe with the funny weather in August and September (touch of rain in August, stretch of sun in September) that the Golden Chanterelles came out in early September, and this is a second, staggered bloom late in the season?

They are definitely mature, but not waterlogged, and these were, like the one's I got yesterday, tight in near trees, away from frost and rain. So maybe it is just that the bushes have lost their leaves and so there is a little more vista in the forest and otherwise hidden mushrooms become visible.

Whatever the explanation, it is a happy discovery.


  1. OK, you've re-motivated me. Didn't even look on our (frosty) walk yesterday...

  2. Hi Jill,

    Glad my good fortune re-motivated you!

    Looked in a trusty ole Golden Chantrelle patch today, and didn't find any, so maybe I just lucked out on the two previoius occassions. I did see more of the "meadow mushrooms" today, even though I'm not sure they are! It is curious to me to see all these fungi producing fruiting bodies in such cold weather.

    Now we need to keep our eyes peeled for some Winter Chantrelles -- they should be along soon!