Chanterelle is a popular mushroom because of both its taste and its fairly solid composition. It is used in many culinary preparations. Here are all our tips for finding and identifying it.
How to identify a chanterelle?
To identify a chanterelle, you need to look at its hat. It is 2 to 12 cm in diameter and is quite yellow-orange in color. The sponge as a whole resembles a funnel, and thin lamellae form under the cap, which settle on the stem. Finally, its foot is thinner at the base and the pulpit has a white and rather fruity scent.
Where can I Find a Chanterelle?
This fungus grows most often in forests where the soil is very drying and quite acidic. That’s why we find chanterelles near oaks and birches. The place of the fungus has been its source for more than ten years.
Chanterelles are found in many areas on the plain, in the south-west of Paris, but also in the Alps (Massif de la Grande Chartreuse).
Chanterelles that require a fairly high temperature and good humidity can be found in summer and until October.
Mushrooms live in the middle of the roots because they take the sugar produced by the wood there. In return, they provide nutrients and water to the wood. In this way, they contribute to its good development.
In some areas it is possible to confuse chanterelle with the wrong chanterelle. The latter has the same characteristics as its relative, especially in terms of color and shape. To identify the wrong chanterelle, watch out for the blades: they are thin and soft and resemble button blades.
The wrong chanterelle is not toxic, but it doesn’t add flavor. It is found mainly in September-November under resin trees.