Chanterelle mushrooms are a delicious variety that grow and are harvested mainly in the wild. It is very difficult to cultivate chanterelle mushrooms in the home, as they need a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding trees, plants and flowers in order to grow successfully. If the mushrooms do not have nearby trees especially, there will be no mushrooms. With this in mind, it is best to search your wild wooded areas for chanterelles and hunt them in order to harvest them.
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Things you need
- Soft towel
- Paper bag
Make sure you understand the chanterelles' natural habitat before searching for them. This is usually under leaves on the ground and in the grass. They never grow on trees or on decaying wood. They also need moist conditions, usually in the shade.
Search for chanterelles after extended periods of rain, which provides the perfect environment. The fruiting season is from May to October, and fall is the best time to harvest.
Identify the chanterelle mushroom. The cap is usually anywhere from 3/4 to 5 inches wide, with the edges rolling into a funnel shape with a wavy margin. They are not perfectly round and can have weird formations or shapes. The colour varies from sunshine yellow to light orange to yellowish white. The mushrooms have gills that are forked, wavy and run down the stem. The stem's length is similar to the cap's width and is the same colour as the cap.
Harvest the mushrooms by gently twisting the cap up from the stem.
Do not wash the chanterelles after picking them. Just brush off the dirt gently with a soft cloth. Put them in a paper bag. Store in the crisper in your refrigerator for up to 10 days.
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