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Posted August 9th 2011, 1:40pm
I have a friend who has a good amount of property in Indiana (Valparaiso area). He just had what he thinks to be a bunch of chanterelle mushrooms pop up in his back yard, but he needs someone who can give them a positive ID. Does anyone know someone who's lives in that area who can help?
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Posted August 9th 2011, 2:37pm
Is it possible to post a pic here?
I have a feeling folks here could tell you pretty quickly.
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Posted August 9th 2011, 2:45pm
From what i recall from my mushroom hunting book, chanterelles are not easy to confuse with poisonous look alikes, particularly because they never grow in bunches (like wood ear or chicken of the woods) but are rather spread out. Does your friend have lots of trees in her backyard? I agree that pics would help!
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Posted August 9th 2011, 2:58pm
I know nothing about wild mushrooms, but I do remember this quote from another thread:

As always, identification from images is neither reliable nor safe. Even the most experienced mushroom hunters have occasion to think twice about the correct identification of specimens. And if you have to think twice about it, better to not take the chance!
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Posted August 9th 2011, 9:22pm
Post pics! Especially of the underside of the mushroom, how they connect and their colour, etc will go far to eliminate most non cantharius.
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Posted August 29th 2011, 7:20am
how about these?
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Posted September 1st 2011, 7:49pm
mellonhead wrote:I have a friend who has a good amount of property in Indiana (Valparaiso area). He just had what he thinks to be a bunch of chanterelle mushrooms pop up in his back yard, but he needs someone who can give them a positive ID. Does anyone know someone who's lives in that area who can help?

Octarine wrote:Post pics! Especially of the underside of the mushroom, how they connect and their colour, etc will go far to eliminate most non cantharius.


I'm about a month late responding here, but a good friend traded me a pretty nice little stash of chanterelles picked about an hour inland from where I am and I thought I'd post a few pics.

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So, as far as a positive ID- note the strong golden color, concave, depressed centered cap, and frilly cap margin.

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The gills are decurrent with the stem, meaning that they seamlessly continue from the stem. Other cap and stem mushrooms exhibit a demarcated separation between the cap and stem.

These were delicious, first simply sauteed with butter and eaten on home baked bread and then tossed with other wild mushrooms on a simple pizza.

I have never found chanterelles, to my dismay, in my area. I did happen to find a small cluster of crimson- colored cinnabar chanterelles last week though, which are teensy tiny and delicious, though my yield was pretty insignificant.
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