The Lake Whatcom Park – Chanterelle Trail is just 20 minutes outside of Bellingham. Photo by ejain. Unlike it’s flat, lakeside cousin the Hertz trail, the Chanterelle Trail is 2.4 miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain on long switchbacks through a mix of forest types, supporting a variety of wildlife.
They are found in mossy coniferous forests, mountainous birch forests, beech forests or among grasses and low-growing herbs. They fruit from September to February on the West Coast . Your best chances of finding a cluster in Washington State is to look under the leaves around douglas firs.
Where do chanterelles grow in the UK?
Chanterelles are common but localised in the UK. They grow in coniferous forests in mossy areas or in broadleaved forests . In Scotland, chanterelle forms mycorrhizal (mutually beneficial) associations with birch and pine. Did you know? Chanterelles are high in Vitamin C and D and very high in potassium.
Chanterelles are commonly found in the evergreen forests of Washington, mountainous regions of the southwestern US, and mossy glades in Georgia and Alabama. They grow in different seasons based on their geographical location .
So, are chanterelles edible?
Chanterelles are considered a choice edible mushroom . However, as with most wild mushrooms, they should not be harvested from potentially contaminated areas, and should be cooked before being eaten.
We can find out! These pretty mushrooms tend to spread in areas where they’re common, especially as water runoff carries their spores along. If you’re hunting for chanterelles and you find a patch growing on the side of a hill, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find more either uphill or downhill from this initial patch.
We hike through a mousse of gray fog, into a forest of Douglas fir trees. In the Pacific Northwest, chanterelles have a mycorrhizal relationship with Douglas firs; the mushrooms feed on sugars from the tree and the tree, in turn, provides nutrients for the mushrooms (on the east coast and in California, the mushrooms tend to grow under oaks).
Finding chanterelles can be a frustrating experience for first-time foragers. However, once you find your first patch, you can return year after year for a reliable harvest . Chanterelles rarely grow in developed or urbanized areas, so some hiking is usually required to find them.
Where can I find chanterelle mushrooms in Washington?
Second growth working forests are a great place to forage for Chanterelle Mushrooms. When is the best time to find Chanterelle Mushrooms in Washington? To drill it down to a general timeline, late September to early November is the Chanterelle season for Washington.
It shouldn’t be too tough to find some great public forestlands in Washington to hunt for Chanterelles and other edible mushrooms. Be very aware that some forests are private and not open to public access. Always make safety your primary focus when heading into the woods.
What does Wild Washington chanterelles taste like?
Wild Washington Chanterelles have their own distinct flavor that may vary depending on where they grew. In some areas they are known to have a fruity, apricot-like essence with an earthy, woody note to the flavor. Wild chanterelles from the Pacific Northwest definitely add spark and spice to meal time.