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#145737 - 07/27/19 12:25 AM Rewards of Slow
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On July 20, I went riding on FS 28-1, west of Dahlonega, then turning off onto a small, unmarked road. About 0.2 miles in, I spotted some chanterelle mushrooms on the shoulder. I continued on for another 2 miles, spotting 2 or 3 more patches, before coming at a large tree that was completely across the road. I turned around, stopping along the way back to the main road to pick about a half pound of chanterelles.




If I had been tearing along the road, I would have completely missed them. I returned Monday and picked some more. It rained Tuesday, which brought up still more Wednesday, and again on Friday. For reasons unknown, this seems to be an exceptional summer for chanterelle mushrooms in the southeast. In the past 2 weeks, my wife and I have gathered about 5 pounds, as well as a few rarer red chanterelles, and black trumpets which are very difficult to spot, as they blend in with dead leaves on the forest floor.

If you have never foraged for mushrooms, chanterelles are one of the easiest species to spot and identify, and one of the safest, as they are quite different from an orange mushroom, the jack o'lantern which is poisonous, although not toxic. Before eating any I watched several Youtube videos, until I was certain of the identification.
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#145738 - 07/27/19 06:04 AM Re: Rewards of Slow [Re: Selden]
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You are a braver man than me, the only mushrooms I trust are those from the supermarket. Ha. I loves mushrooms, mebbe I should do as you did, a bit of research, some grow in our garden.
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#145746 - 07/28/19 12:36 AM Re: Rewards of Slow [Re: Selden]
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I wish I knew more about wild edibles.
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#145748 - 07/28/19 02:29 PM Re: Rewards of Slow [Re: Selden]
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I like them but don't pick them. All I see is ferns and flowers.
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#145763 - 07/31/19 09:38 PM Re: Rewards of Slow [Re: Selden]
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I went out to the same road yesterday. Last week it was blocked by a large tree about 2 miles in, but someone cleared it, and I was able to ride further, finding a mother lode a half mile further in. I picked about 10 ounces, leaving 3/4 of the patch intact.

Although I bought some chanterelles at a farmer's market (~$20/pound) last summer, I was very skeptical when my wife brought home the first batch two weeks ago. Watching several identification videos on YouTube addressed my safety concerns.

Their color makes chanterelles easy to spot, and four characteristics make a positive identification possible:

1) They grow singly, or in small clumps, in leaf litter not attached to dead wood.
2) Do not have true gills; more like fluted ridges that go down the stems
3) The inner flesh of the stem is white, not the same as the outer color
4) With a fresh chanterelle, the flesh of the inner stem smells fruity, like an apricot.

If I looked at something that failed even one of these tests, I would throw it back.





Edited by Selden (07/31/19 10:08 PM)
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