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Foraging for Chanterelles

| 7/25/2019 1:05:00 PM

Wild chanterelle mushrooms 

The heat and humidity of summer in the Southeast can be brutal. But the stifling weather makes it a perfect time to go prospecting for golden chanterelles, which, incidentally, are my favorite wild mushrooms! And I’m not alone considering the price of chanterelles can be upwards of $20/pound at the local farmers market.

But they’re actually pretty common this time of year and easy to find. Plus, it’s a lot more fun to forage for them in the forest than it is to buy them at a market. We usually have a prolific crop in the woods just downhill from our front door.

When to Look

Depending on locale, chanterelles can occur any time between May and December. Here in North Carolina, we usually start seeing them in early June, but their numbers really start to explode in early July. I don’t remember ever seeing any past October.

The best time to look for chanterelles is a couple days or so after a good soaking rain. 

Where to Look

Chanterelles generally grow in the canopy of hardwoods like oak, beech, and maple. Focus especially on areas that are consistently damp like seasonal creek bottoms and drainages.

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