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Yummy Mushrooms

February 15th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Jason and I harvested some mushrooms in Mendocino. We were prepared with little more than a paper bag, a few plastic bags, and a copy of “All That the Rain Promises, and More”.
We picked up a few mushrooms we would like to eat and this is a discussion of what we found, what I think it is, and why.

Upon returning to San Francisco, I separated all of the mushrooms into 4 paper bags with one set of apparently the same species in the same bag. Because of our poor preparation for the hunt, many of the specimens are bruised.

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Yellow Foot Chanterelle

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These appear to be Yellow Foot Chanterelles and we have a few pounds of these. I believe they are Yellow Foot based because:

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  • The wrinkled gills
  • The shape of the head
  • The usually yellow stalk color

Some of the specimens have more brown than yellow stems. Is this a concern? I did not find any poisonous look-alike mushrooms.

White Chanterelles

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We found just a couple of these. I believe they are white chanterelles because:

  • The lack of defined stem
  • The wrinkled gill-like outside
  • The general flute shape
  • The white color

Yellow Chanterelles

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We found a couple of pounds of these. Each specimen is quite large and has that distinctive chanterelle shape though less flourished flute ends than the white chanterelles. I believe these are yellow chanterelles because:

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  • The lack of defined stem
  • The wrinkled gill-like outside
  • The general flute shape
  • The yellowish color

Hedgehog

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We found one mushroom that at first looked like a yellow foot, though on closer examination had significant differences — teeth instead of gills and a lighter colored stem. I was unable to get a good picture of this specimen. Apparently, I need studio lights. 🙂

This appears to be a hedgehog mushroom because of the teeth. I was unable to find any poisonous look-alike mushrooms. Are there any?

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  1. Ryane Snow
    February 27th, 2010 at 17:26 | #1

    What you are calling Yellow Chanterelles look to be Scaly Chanterelles (Gomphus floccosus). Some people get gastrointestinal upsets from eating these.

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