After a heatwave like we’ve never seen and the forest so dry, we were so grateful to get a couple of days of light rain. Walking the dogs to Cougar Trail we scanned for mushrooms. The forest was still so dry that it was mostly routine. Then Balfour says ‘I’m just gonna look in here. If there are any they might be in here.’ Crazy thought McDowell. Yeah crazy like a fox! Balfour finds our first chanties of the year. August 9. There were some tiny ones and one small chanterelle. Firm from lack of moisture but proud and strong poking through the undergrowth.

So far, that’s been it. We were thrilled to see these!

About Cantharellus cibarius

Cantharellus cibarius, commonly known as the chanterelle, golden chanterelle or girolle, is a fungus. It is probably the best known species of the genus Cantharellus, if not the entire family of Cantharellaceae. It is orange or yellow, meaty and funnel-shaped. On the lower surface, underneath the smooth cap, it has gill-like ridges that run almost all the way down its stipe, which tapers down seamlessly from the cap. It emits a fruity aroma, reminiscent of apricots and a mildly peppery taste (hence its German name, Pfifferling) and is considered an excellent edible mushroom.

More information: Cantharellus ciborium, Wikipedia