This time of year you can bet Outdoors Allie is gearing up for a lot of big game hunting come fall. However, before that time arrives, she has kept herself busy foraging in the woods. As you are about to see, she has been on the hunt for chanterelle mushrooms in a big way.
Chanterelle mushrooms reach their peak growing season from late spring to early fall. For a lot of places, August is the peak season. If you have a bunch of these delicious little forest fungi growing in your neck of the woods, you better get to picking. Their growing season will be ending shortly.
One of the best ways of deciphering a true chanterelle mushroom versus their gut busting poisonous cousins is actually fairly simple. Several of these types of mushrooms look alike. The thing with chanterelle's though, underneath their caps will be fleshy gills that won't crumble to the touch. Just about any other mushroom you could find that you might be able to confuse with a chanterelle would crumble. Chanterelle gills have also been described more as fleshy feeling folds than anything.
The time is now if you love wild mushrooms. If you do happen to get into a patch, the recipe Allie had there looked pretty dang good as well.
One last thing, don't accuse us if you go picking mushrooms and handle or eat the wrong kind. Do your research and don't eat anything you aren't sure is safe.
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