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    Post #1 - August 9th, 2011, 2:40 pm
    Post #1 - August 9th, 2011, 2:40 pm Post #1 - August 9th, 2011, 2:40 pm
    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?
  • Post #2 - August 9th, 2011, 3:37 pm
    Post #2 - August 9th, 2011, 3:37 pm Post #2 - August 9th, 2011, 3:37 pm
    Is it possible to post a pic here?
    I have a feeling folks here could tell you pretty quickly.
  • Post #3 - August 9th, 2011, 3:45 pm
    Post #3 - August 9th, 2011, 3:45 pm Post #3 - August 9th, 2011, 3:45 pm
    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!
  • Post #4 - August 9th, 2011, 3:58 pm
    Post #4 - August 9th, 2011, 3:58 pm Post #4 - August 9th, 2011, 3:58 pm
    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!
    -Mary
  • Post #5 - August 9th, 2011, 10:22 pm
    Post #5 - August 9th, 2011, 10:22 pm Post #5 - August 9th, 2011, 10:22 pm
    Post pics! Especially of the underside of the mushroom, how they connect and their colour, etc will go far to eliminate most non cantharius.
  • Post #6 - August 29th, 2011, 8:20 am
    Post #6 - August 29th, 2011, 8:20 am Post #6 - August 29th, 2011, 8:20 am
    how about these?
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  • Post #7 - September 1st, 2011, 8:49 pm
    Post #7 - September 1st, 2011, 8:49 pm Post #7 - September 1st, 2011, 8:49 pm
    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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    Pretty!

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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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