What is a Chanterelle?

Oregon has a lot of edible wild mushrooms. But my absolute favorite is the buttery sweet chanterelle.

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So how do you get them?  What do you do with them?  Well, read on!!

Every October we trek out to our special spot to gather these golden gems.  Some years we get a lot, some years we get none.  But the hiking is beautiful either way!

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If you can’t find any, many local markets sell them.  I’ve purchased them at Whole Foods, New Seasons, Fred Meyers and Roth’s Markets.  The Culinary Center in Lincoln City has a Wild Mushroom cook-off every year (it’s in November this year).  Mushroom Cook-Off at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City, OR

Not only can you taste some amazing foods with wild mushrooms, you can purchase a variety, chanterelles among them!

These little treasures are high in potassium, vitamin C and a rich source of vitamin D!  So what can you do with these beauties?

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Saute them in a little butter and garlic and serve them as a side with any meat dish.  Cook them up in a cream of mushrooms soup or fold them into an omelet!  Put them on a pizza!  Anything you can do with with cultivated mushrooms, you can do with chanterelles, except eat them raw!  It’s dangerous to eat any wild mushroom raw.

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started:


And remember, NEVER pick or eat a mushroom if you are not absolutely certain what you have.  Even the delicious chanterelle has a toxic counter part, the Jack-o-lantern mushroom!  If you really want to learn about picking mushrooms, I suggest you join a group, such at the Oregon Mycological society where you can learn from experts!

Happy Hunting!

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About Helen Fern

I live in the upper Willamette Valley with my amazing husband and four very spoiled cats - three adopted feral cats and one shelter baby. We have lived here since the dawn of 1991 and love every inch of the region.
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6 Responses to What is a Chanterelle?

  1. I have not heard of these mushrooms. The hike sounds good, nice pics. I have just started cooking mushrooms from the supermarket, I have no idea what sort they are, just common mushrooms. We are really enjoying them.

    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

    • Helen Fern says:

      The ones you get at the supermarket are usually crimini or white button and are cultivated. Those are the ones that are safe to eat raw too (I love raw white mushrooms in a salad). We love the wild ones a lot and I enjoy the hunt! Thanks for stopping by Kathleen!

  2. jeanne stone says:

    These mushrooms look yummy and what fun to go out and collect your own!

  3. Audrey says:

    Oh my, this has me laughing! There is a location in the video game Paper Mario Color Splash called Chateau Chanterelle and my husband and son had no idea what a chanterelle was. I have been promising to google it for them for a week. Now I can show them this. 🙂

    Your photos are lovely (as always) and I will have to check our Farmer’s Market to try some. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

    • Helen Fern says:

      Every now and then you can get them at markets like Whole Foods – If you can get some, give them a try. They are so good, sort of buttery tasting! And glad I could help with the answer to their question! LOL

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