Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Chanterelles - A Lovely Fungi


These wonderful wild mushrooms are in peak season right now. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, they are abundant in second growth Douglas-fir forests. The bright yellow makes them easy to find. Hubby and I drove about 5 miles from our home (to public land, Willamette National Forest) and found a bunch this afternoon. They are best eaten while fresh...however, they do dry very well in a dehydrator. They are many recipes online to peruse. My favorite is Cream of Chanterelle Soup. Hubby likes them sauteed as a side dish or to put on omelets and such. The mushrooms are available in specialty grocers at a high price, so you can taste them in a dish.