One of the good things about this very rainy spring and summer was the astounding variety of mushrooms sprouting in the woods. My favorite summer mushroom is the chanterelle – an orange-apricot colored fungus.
We harvested several colanders full of these mushrooms over a period of about two weeks in July.
This very delicious quinoa, beef, and chanterelle dinner was only one of several meals I concocted from our mushroom foraging trips:
Unfortunately, there are a few look-alike orange-colored mushrooms that are sometimes confused with chanterelles. We heard about a family in our county eating Jack-o-Lantern mushrooms for dinner (having mistaken them for chanterelles) – with resulting stomach aches, diarrhea and vomiting. Luckily, they are not deadly.
I believe these little guys growing up a tree trunk were baby jack-o-lanterns.
If you want to learn about mushrooms, make sure you learn from someone who is very experienced. Taking a mushroom ID book into the woods is not sufficient!
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Peach or Apricot Colors.