*DISCLAIMER* always consult a professional when identifying mushrooms.
The beginning of October is a great time to go mushroom hunting. There is a crisp chill in the air, but there hasn’t been to harsh of a frost to kill everything. When foraging for Chanterelle mushrooms the best place to look for small conifer trees around mossy stumps. It was a rather dry year so we were quite fortunate to find any mushrooms at all! The chanterelles can sometimes be very incognito and just barely pop out of the ground. We were lucky enough to find some that were slightly more exposed. Make sure that they are really chantrelles before you handle them. This lovely snail was right next to the mushrooms we found! Nature is so amazing. I love spirals. They remind me that everything in life goes in cycles and expands upon what has already come before.
When harvesting the mushrooms just remove the portion of the mushroom that is in good enough shape to be eaten. You want to leave as much of the fungal hyphae as possible so as to ensure that they will propagate and come back next year.
We carried our chanterelles in a tackle box that we found in the forest earlier in the day. It is ideal to carry your mushrooms in a basket or a breathable bag so that the spores can blow all over the forest. This helps to develop more clusters.
To clean the needles and dirt off the mushrooms you can use a new small paintbrush or a soft bristled toothbrush.
Now its time to cook up a tasty dinner! Yum Yum Yum! If you are too tired from mushroom foraging all day you can store them in the fridge in a brown paper bag for a couple of weeks.
Good luck mushroom foraging!