Foraging for Chanterelles in Nova Scotia

Chanterelles

Years of admiring Chanterelles at the farmers markets and enthusiastic mushroom forages have inspired me to continue to hunt for Chanterelles any time I strike out for a walk.

I always remember the instructions, a combination of pine trees and roadside are the best spots to hunt for Chanterelles.

If you think you have found Chanterelles, look for the following attributes to help identify them,  orangey-yellow, fruity smell reminiscent of apricots, separate gills, separate stems, convex or fluted tops, filled stem (not hollow).

The Chanterelle must not be confused with the poisonous Jack-O-Lantern or the toxic False Chanterelle.

This is one of the Chanterelles I found on my walk so I thought I would turn to the experts to see if these were indeed Chanterelles.

I have bought Chanterelles from Veronica of G.E.M.M.S. Forest & Farms at the Antigonish Farmers Market, and so who better to bring my mushroom to for final verification. She gave it a cursory look and then a delicate sniff and confirmed that I indeed had found a Chanterelle. She was very quick to point out however that this one was past its prime!

As with all mushroom foraging, always err on the side of caution and have a trained eye confirm that your harvest is edible.

Happy mushroom foraging!

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Mushroom Medley

Rain, Rubber Boots and Mushrooms

The perfect day, the ground is still damp from the rain, the leaves are rotting nicely and pine needles carpet our path. Rubber boots, baskets, paper bags, gloves, cameras and digging tools complete our outfits. 

After a really good rain, out come the mushrooms and toadstools, the forest floor is littered with species. We spent a full morning taking photos and collecting samples. We found over 35 species and we are still working at identifying them.

We have very little knowledge of mushrooms and so we rely on a variety of people in the community to identify our harvest.

The Nova Scotia Mycological Society hosts a foray with workshops each year, Foray 2009 one was held in September in Cape Breton’s North River and over 120 different species were found. Four workshops were offered including “Pick for the Pot” expertly identified mushrooms to take home and enjoy.

Visit the Mycological Society of Nova Scotia at http://www.nsmushrooms.org/